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Easy Beer Bread Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients!

If you love homemade bread, but don’t love the kneading and waiting for it to rise, this easy beer bread recipe is for you.

This classic beer bread recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare. Then pop it in the oven and you have a delicious loaf of homemade bread in less than an hour. The bread pairs wonderfully with soup for dinner or take it to potluck and impress everyone with your homemade bread.

I used to buy the pre-made beer bread mixes that cost $5 per loaf. This recipe tastes better, has less ingredients and costs around a dollar to make.

Even though the recipe says beer bread, you can actually use any carbonated beverage. A citrus soda, like 7UP, tastes great. Fruit flavored sodas will add a sweet flavor to the bread. I do not recommend diet soda though, because it is not as flavorful as other sodas. Basically, you can customize this recipe to the flavors you enjoy most.

If you choose to use beer, it doesn’t matter what kind of beer you use. My dad swears by using the absolute cheapest beer he can find. (You know the kind that just says ‘Beer’ on the label.) I think craft beers with unique flavors taste amazing in this bread. My personal favorite is a good Oktoberfest. Your bread will have a slight flavor from the beer you use, so choose your favorite brew. If you want less beer flavor use a ‘light’ beer.

I’ll walk you through the steps for this bread. It is so incredibly simple.

First, gather your ingredients.

Next, mix the dry ingredients.

Then, add the beer.

Mix about 30 seconds or until the mixture is moist. Do not over mix. The batter may be lumpy and that’s okay.

Transfer batter to a greased loaf pan. I like to add a tablespoon or two of melted butter to the top of the bread before baking. You don’t have to do this, but it gives it a crispy and delicious finish.

Pop in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. You can test for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the bread is ready. That’s it! I told you it was an easy recipe. Make sure to save this beer bread recipe because it will be a family favorite.

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Easy Beer Bread

Enjoy delicious homemade bread in less than an hour. No kneading or rising required. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Beer Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 1 loaf


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (For whole wheat, use 1 1/2 cups white flour and 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 12 oz can beer or carbonated beverage of choice
  • 1-2 tbsp melted butter (optional)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • Add can of beer or carbonated beverage to the dry ingredients. 
  • Mix just until moistened. Do not over mix. The batter may be lumpy. 
  • Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.  Optional: Drizzle melted butter on the bread before baking. 
  • Test doneness by inserting a toothpick into the bread. If it comes out clean, the bread is ready. 
  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from pan. 

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{ 9 comments… add one }
  • SuziesView October 19, 2017, 9:50 pm

    This looks so easy I think I can do it. I will share this too! Way to go.

  • Heather January 22, 2018, 5:30 pm

    Have soup on and am going to make this NOW! I usually buy those expensive boxes and “doctor it up” with some shredded cheddar cheese directly in to the batter and melted butter on the top. Then, when it comes out of the oven….I take a steak of butter and rub it on the top, too. It’s requested at our family gatherings. Now, I’m excited to have a recipe to throw my own ingredients together. Good bye, expensive box mixes! thanks.

    • Nicole January 23, 2018, 10:52 am

      Yay! You will save so much money with this recipe and it’s so easy to make. If you like cheese biscuits you should try this recipe. Super easy and delicious. http://momsavesmoney.net/2017/12/cheese-biscuits.html

    • Zane Cothran February 24, 2020, 5:23 pm

      I Never made bread in my life and it turned out surprisingly good on the first try! I ate half of loaf right out of the oven. Its a good to know how to make bread that’s simply easy.

      • Nicole February 28, 2020, 5:02 pm

        It is one of my favorite bread recipes. Glad you enjoyed!

  • Nicholas Zervas June 29, 2018, 8:41 pm

    Excellent Recipe! We use a similar recipe at our B&B. We use less sugar because we like it more salty/buttery tasting. And we drizzle the butter on immediately after it comes out of the oven, because we find it splatters all over while baking and makes cleaning the oven a constant chore. Really enjoying your version though. Well done!

  • Pam March 13, 2021, 1:05 pm

    Just tried your recipe….really delicious. Good the first day, but it makes the best toast! Thank you

  • Lorna Pennington October 9, 2022, 11:42 am

    My first time making this bread I like the recipe but I think it needs more flavor too it. Can you please send me some ideas to help me with flavor. And I also used Coke because I had no sprite and no beer

    • Nicole October 13, 2022, 10:17 am

      This bread recipe is very basic and will take on the flavor of the beverage you use. I personally like using a flavored craft beer and my favorite is a pumpkin ale. To add additional flavor, try melting a few tablespoons of salted butter and pouring it over the bread before baking.


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