Otto's Beer Cheese Soup

Total Time:
45 min
15 min
30 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 chopped medium sized yellow onion
  • At least 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • At least 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (12-ounce) beer of choice (recommended: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Blind Pig)
  • 7 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, shredded
  • 7 ounces processed Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound smoked sausage (recommended: Otto's Smoked Polish Ring)

Melt butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Add chopped onion, carrot, and celery. Saute until softened. Add flour. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add chicken broth and beer. Heat until it comes to a boil. Slowly add cheese while stirring until just boiling and smooth. Add half-and-half, salt, dry mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low and cook until soup has thickened. Cut smoked sausage into 1/2-inch pieces and place in a saucepan. Saute sausage over medium heat until heated through. It will probably take about 5 to 7 minutes. Add sausage to the soup, transfer to a large serving bowl and serve hot.

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    This soup is TOTES AMAZEBALLS! Have it in a bread bowl if you have the chance. So easy, anyone can make it. I like it thick, but if you don't want fondue, use less flour. I am from Washington, so of course I used a local beer.(I would recommend Yakima craft 1982). If you don't like hoppy beers, just use a cheap one like PBR or Shiner Bock.
    I have NEVER commented on a recipe before this very minute. This is, perhaps, the greatest Beer Cheese Soup I have ever had. We made it for the Super Bowl... After the cheese and before the half-and-half, we transferred everything into the Slow Cooker. So amazing, I can't handle it. We served ours with baguette. Thank you!!! - Meagan and Nik in Austin
    Made this soup over the weekend. Read reviews and cut the flour back to 1/2 cup. Added Shiner Bock being from Texas. Also added mushrooms but did not add the sausage. Very hearty without it. Highly recommend.
    This soup came out bitter and I didnt like it at all. However, my husband and my son loved it. Who knew...
    This is how beer cheese soup should taste. Definitely use Sierra Nevada. You will need 1/2 cup less flour, 2 cups more chicken stock, less half and half to taste. Oh, if you can afford it, add 6 oz. Gruyere!! To smooth it out, use an immersion blender before you add the cheese.
    We loved this soup. Had read the reviews before making it and meant to add less flour, but forgot to adjust. So I added a little more beer and chicken stock. I also used 3 oz of swiss and 11 oz of extra sharp cheddar cheese. We served it in sourdough bread bowls and it was amazing!
    Soup was extremely thick more like fondue. Also very bitter due to to much swiss cheese. Definetly has potential. Next time i will add more liquid and less swiss cheese.
    I am a huge cheese lover so I found this dish to be great! I was a bit uncertain about trying this soup since I am not typically a huge beer fan BUT I am so glad I did. Like others that have reviewed this recipe, I only used ½ cup of flour. The texture turned out amazing. I used the Sierra Nevada beer and shredded carrots.
    Absolutely incredible! I used extra sharp Pinconning, which made this soup smooth and velvety with wonderful flavor. I made two slight alterations to the recipe. I added in 2 cloves of finely minced garlic and cooked it with the onions, carrot and celery for about 2 minutes before adding the chicken stock. Once the stock and beer is in the pot, I added one diced potato and cooked it for about 8 minutes before adding the cheese. It made for a wonderful soup that my husband says is my best yet.
    This soup is great! I did alter my soup and used only sharp cheese, american beer and my favorite skinless sausage instead of the suggested ingredients. It is yummy and I can't wait to make it for my fiance'!
    Fixed it for our office's Christmas party and had four requests for the recipes. Was pretty skeptical about using something as hoppy/bitter as Sierra Nevada (though it is my house beer, so I substituted Sam Adams Lager which is my go to beer to cook with.
    I followed this recipe to the letter. My choice of Beer was Sierra-Nevada Pale. Honestly, the soup was bitter........a bitter after taste that did not exactly make me want more...........hardy for sure, but good, nah.
    Pretty average. Way too much flour in the recipe which made the soup too starchy. From what I understand you need 1 tbs for every cup of broth. I recommend adding a little thyme and a lot less flour. I was also making beer brats and used the beer brat broth as my beer base for the soup which was an excellent use of left over beer. All the best!
    I tried this and I used a smoked porter for the beer on top of the soup..I used Coleman's English dry mustard it adds a kick. instead of Worcestershire sauce, a couple of hits(splash of 3 crabs sauce, (it packs more of a punch of flavor) I used a deep hickory smoked bacon instead of sausage. The hickory curing infuses the soup with another layer of flavor.
    let's completely changed the recipe and gave it one star?? hmmmm
    Oh my gosh this is the yummiest soup EVER! I double this recipe and take it to parties and get so many compliments!! I have taken the vegetables out after sauteeing them and before I add the flour so the soup is smooth. It's AWESOME with sourdough bread. If you're lucky enough to live in the SF Bay Area, Boudin Sourdough is the BEST! I order it online now. Thank you for such a fantastic and easy recipe!!
    Wonderful.. I will be doubling it the next time!
    We made this soup exactly as the recipe is written (except we used Sam Adams for the beer) and we thought it was absolutely wonderful. Mine wasn't thick like a fondue, it was exactly as beer cheese soup should be, a little thick because it's made with cheese and cream, but it was definitely a soup. We took the suggestions and had it with some yummy sourdough and agree that it really put this dish over the top good. I think that perhaps the folks whose soups got thick like fondue may have cooked thier flour too long. The longer you cook the flour, the thicker your soup or roux will be (or so I've heard). In either case, we will look no further for the perfect beer cheese soup recipe!
    Great soup! Used corona beer and fried bacon in beginning with veggies. Tasty! Also used pretsels and french bread for dipping. Perfect for a cold day and relaxing on the couch.
    I think that this beer and cheese soup recipe is most likely one of the best because you dont usually find much beer cheese soup recipes that uses actual cheese its normally just cheese wiz. So defintely a 5 star!
    I followed the recipe exactly and it came out too thick but I still loved this soup. It was almost like fondue. I used Newcastle and the taste came out great. I wish I would have minced the vegetables more because they were just too big for me. Other than that, delicious!
    Very good soup. Thanks so much for the reviews on the amount of flour. I did want a soup, not a fondue so I reduced the flour to 1/2 cup as recommended below and it worked out great. I also agree with the reviewer that suggested chopping the carrot and celery into more a mince size - gives the flavor but "melts" into the soup. I think the key to beer choice is going towards what you like - hoppy, sweeter, darker - because it does come through in the soup. Also agree that bread is a must with the soup. I added 12 oz of chopped frozen broccoli at the end instead of the sausage.
    4.5 stars! Crusty sourdough loaf is a must. Like the other reviewers I cut back a bit on both the butter and the flour -- and I added a bit more broth/beer to thin it out a bit. Secret weapon? Loads of cracked black pepper and a smidge of garlic salt ... it needed just a little something extra. Definitely a keeper!
    very, very tasty and a lot easier than i had anticipated. i used sam adams oktoberfest seasonal ale and it was wonderful. i omitted the carrots because i don't care for them but otherwise a GREAT recipe with great results! (and i agree that this would probably be awesome with apples and french bread as a fondue-type dish.) 
    i made this recipe with homemade bavarian pretzels and i can't think of a better accompaniment.
    I made this soup as a test run before I served it to our friends it came out great. However, I don't know if I ever want to eat that much cheese and butter in one sitting again :) By the way I used Mirror Pond Pale Ale.
    This was really good. The flavor was incredible, but that will obviously depend on which beer you choose to incorporate. I've been a huge fan of Sierra Pale for over 10 years, and I was very flattered to see that they recommended it. However, it is a quite hoppy beer for a pale ale... almost ESB or IPA hoppy, and that is reflected in the soup. I absolutely loved it with the Sierra Pale, but for the average joe, the 'hoppy'ness might be too much. I like the idea of a pale ale or a lighter brown ale, but you might want to choose one that is less hoppy.
     Also, the amount of roux that is made in this could easily thicken up almost a gallon of soup. It was very thick, as another comment stated, almost dip-like. It is very hearty. When I make this again (and I definitely will for my friends and family) I am going to cut back on the flour a little.
     I minced up the mirepoix (the carrot, onion, and celery) very finely, to almost soffritto-like size, and that worked out well.
     Excellent beer cheese soup!!!
    We love it; tastes alot like cheese fondue. Excellent to dip with chunks of sour dough bread and apples. I used only 1/2 cup flour and it was alot better! Then, I used all sharp cheddar cheese, no carrots, 1/4 cup of onions, and ditched the sausage. Tastes just like Melting Pot's cheese fondue. Was a little hesitant on what beer to use, but Bud Light turned out just fine. The soup was really great!
    It was a hit. Really rich, I couln't eat more than one bowl but It was very tasty!
    My husband found this when looking for something good to make for the Super Bowl. We made the original (minus the Otto's sausage and recommended beer - had to use the pork sausage ring and beer we had in our local grocery store) for the party which everyone loved. People couldn't stay away from the crockpot!!!! Made it a second time this weekend and altered things a bit. Omitted the swiss and just stuck with cheddar and it was still fabulous. Both times, we used thick, crusty bread loaf chunks to dip into the soup...cannot wait to have this again!!!
    This beer cheese soup was just so-so. It was also pretty bitter. I used Sierra Nevada, like it called for. I was skeptical about adding the sausage, but that's actually the only thing that made this soup, well, that and the bread bowl for dipping. I will continue my search for the perfect beer cheese soup.
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