Bavarian Obatzda Cheese Spread w/ Camembert & Oktoberfest Bier

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Week two of Oktoberfest in Munich has begun! In celebratory mood and dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen, my husband Jason and I decided to host an Oktoberfest party at our house this past Saturday. We also invited our friends dogs over (our pup Bolt of course in Lederhosen), and so our “kids” were able to play alongside us while we devoured some snacks I prepared, sipping on “Hugo’s” and of course beer!

One of the Oktoberfest snacks I prepared were homemade pretzels with a Bavarian cheese spread called Obatzda. It’s one of my absolute favorite German dips/spreads! It’s rich in flavor with Camembert as the base and Oktoberfest bier as the finishing touch. The recipe is super easy as well!

I posted this Obatzda recipe two years ago, shortly after I got started blogging (it’s hard to believe it’s been that long!). Many of you didn’t follow me then, so I figured you wouldn’t mind me reposting! And this time I took prettier pictures to go along with the recipe, too!

Please try this out and enjoy with pretzels, spread onto sourdough bread, or by dipping radishes or sliced bell pepper – it’s pretty versatile! Here is the homemade pretzel recipe if you would like to try making them yourself! If you don’t trust yourself making them fully from scratch, I can recommend a German pretzel baking mix (complete with food grade lye) that I found at World Market. Here is the link, so you know what it looks like, but it’s cheaper at World Market if you have one closeby!

Please also let me know in the comments below how you celebrate Oktoberfest where you are. Do you host your own party, hit up some Oktoberfest themed festivals in town, or did you actually get to attend the “real deal” in Munich (if so, take me next time? I have never been!)??

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To make it, mix together the following ingredients (I started by mashing the cheese, cream cheese and butter with a fork and then transitioned to a whisk once adding the other ingredients) And done! Guten Appetit!


  • 8 oz (~ 250g) camembert cheese (or brie cheese, at room temperature)
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter (room temperature)
  • 4 oz (~120g) cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 Tbsp of chives, finely chopped (reserve 1/2 Tbsp to sprinkle on top)
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika powder (and more for sprinkling on top)
  • Beer (about 4-6 oz (120 – 180ml) or until it gets a spreadable consistency, add this last, I used Paulaner Oktoberfest bier)

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