Obazda or Obatzter, also named as Obatzda – Bavarian Cheese Spread and German Beer Cheese

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Today I show you my Original Obazda Recipe. 

The Bavarian cheese preparation Obatzter also appears in the spelling Obatzda or Obazda.

The “Angebatzter, Angedrückter, Vermischter” cheese has a long tradition in Bavaria.

In Franconia the spicy cheese is called “Gerupfter” or “Angemachter”, in Switzerland “Gmanschter”.

A bit of history about the famous cheese:

According to various sources, the landlady Katharina Eisenreich served the obazden for the first time in the Weihenstephaner Bräustüberl in Freising in the 1920s.

Many tourists know Obazda from the Oktoberfest.

In the article I show the preparation of Bavarian Obazda according to my family recipe. 

The Obazda goes well with a good snack.

Other delicious vegetarian spreads, such as herb quark, Liptauer, potato cheese and vegan lard also bring variety to your evening meal.

1. Recipe Obazda

Following my family recipe from Bavaria with exact ingredients.

Obazda or Obatzter also Obatzda – Bavarian Cheese Spread with Beer

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 1129
Total Time 20 Min.
Preparation Time 15 Min.
Cook Time 5 Min.

Simple instructions for preparing Obatzda from Bavaria.

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Obazda recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Obazda or Obatzter also Obatzda

250 g Camembert
80 g butter
1 pc Shallot
2 tbsp curd cheese (Quark in Bavaria and austria named topfen)
1 tbsp Paprika paprika spice noble sweet
1 tsp caraway seed
80 ml dark beer (I like to use Erdinger Weißbier)
0 Salt
0 Pepper

Decoration and Side Dishes

1 bunch chives
1 bunch radish
2 pc Pretzels
2 bottles Erdinger Weißbier (Served ice-cold!)


dobazda ingredients at a glance
The ingredients for the obazden prepared on a board …

Prepare ingredients

Prepare Camembert and butter at room temperature about one hour before preparation.

Press the Camembert for Obatzter small with a fork
Place the camembert in a bowl and crush it with a fork.

Prepare cheese

Crush the camembert finely in a bowl with a fork.

caraway in the mortar
Lightly poke the caraway in the mortar so that the aromas develop better.

Prepare caraway

Press the caraway seeds into the mortar so that the typical aroma can develop.

Finely dice shallots
Whole and skinned shallot, peeled and diced.

Prepare onion

Halve the shallot, peel and cut into very fine cubes.

Beer is an important ingredient in Obazden
Pour the beer, Obazder only tastes original with Bavarian dark beer, I like to use Erdinger wheat beer.

Stir ingredients

Add the prepared caraway seeds, finely diced shallot, paprika, butter, curd cheese, salt and pepper to the finely pressed camembert, pour in the beer and mix the cheese mixture well by hand or with a mixer.

Cut the chives
Chives finely cut into rolls on a black board.

Prepare chives

Cut chives into fine rolls with a sharp chef’s knife just before serving.

Obatzter in the bowl while stirring or mashing
Mix the ingredients in the bowl with your hands or with the mixer to a creamy cheese mixture.

Plate arranging

Cut the creamy Obatzda preparation into dumplings with two tablespoons and arrange on the plate.

Decorate with the finely chopped chives and add the quartered, lightly salted radishes.

Decorate the edge of the plate with a little pepper.

Obazda recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Serve prepared Obatzda with pretzels and cold wheat beer and enjoy!


2. Nutritional Values

3. Tips for Making Obatzda Yourself

The cheese used to be made from cheese leftovers, you can combine different types and refine with paprika and caraway seeds to taste.

In general, ripened Camembert is ideal:

Just let the cheese mature in the fridge for a few days longer before preparing it!

The beer is the most important ingredient for me.

The Bavarian beer in combination with caraway, paprika and onion gives the original flavor.

Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt
dobazda ingredients at a glance
The ingredients for Obazda: camembert, onion, paprika, caraway seeds, butter, curd cheese, salt and pepper, dark beer.
Serve obazden
Dip two tablespoons in warm water and form even cheese dumplings. Arrange the creamy cheese dumplings on plates and decorate with chives.

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  • Sounds great!, but please don’t pour the beer into the cheese mixture! Could get a little sticky😂


    • Thanks for feedback, beer is traditional important 🙂 Greeting Thomas