Whole Wheat Garlic & Herb Beer Bread

January 11, 2013 by Ali

I think that beer bread will forever be one of my favorite sides to prepare. It’s quick (less than 10 minutes to prep), it calls for ingredients I pretty much always have on hand, it makes your home smell heavenly, and…let’s face it…it makes delicious use of a bottle of beer. What’s not to love?

One of my recent spins on my favorite honey beer bread recipe is this easy whole wheat garlic and herb beer bread. Made with white whole wheat flour (my favorite), it is a step healthier than the traditional all-purpose flour version. Then with the addition of lots of minced garlic and bunches of herbs (you can use dried or fresh), this turns into an Italian-y bread packed with flavor and goodness. It’s perfect as a side dish, as toast, as bread for a sandwich, or just to be enjoyed plain right out of the oven.

I’ll say cheers to that!

Whole Wheat Garlic Herb Beer Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf


  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • 4 Tbsp. (half stick) butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic, sugar, baking powder, salt, rosemary, thyme and oregano. Gently stir the beer into the dry ingredients until just mixed.

Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan, using a spoon to be sure that it evenly coats the bottom of the pan. Then transfer the bread batter to the pan and use a spoon to spread it out even. Pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter, using a pastry brush or spoon to spread it around evenly on top.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve immediately.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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42 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Garlic & Herb Beer Bread

  1. This looks great..but someone in my family can’t do whole wheat flour, but can do all purpose…can I straight substitute all purpose??

    - CookinCanuck

  2. This bread is so yummy and addicting. It is my favorite.

    - Stoli

  3. Where did you get that gorgeous loaf pan? Where can I get one?

    - LRuthers

  4. After making this, I decided I’d never buy potpourri/scented candles again :) And it tasted as good as it smelled!!!

    - Sadye

  5. Great Bread! The whole Family LOVES it! Thanks ;)

    - Becca J

  6. Saw this on my tumblr dash today and decided to make it. Glad I did.

    - Dorathea

  7. When do you add the garlic? I added it with dry ingredients.

    - martha casper

  8. I’m finally getting around to baking this tonight. Super excited!

    - Erin

  9. I make beer bread just like this, but never add herb flavors. I’ll have to give it a shot next time!

    - Jessica

  10. I have been wanting to bake more of my own bread. This sounds quick and yummy! Do you prefer IPAs for this bread? Does the hoppy taste bake out?

    - Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book

  11. I love beer bread but never make it! This looks amazing!

    - Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

  12. I just modified your honey beer bread with the whole wheat flour and it was SO good! Will try the herb one soon!

    - Elizabeth Flater

  13. Hi, Ali, you have a very nice site with your update. I’m abxious to try the beer bread. Will probably do so next weekend.

    - LindaS

  14. Omg YUM! And your bread pan is awesome! =D


    - summer

  15. Cheers! Beer bread is not new for me. Such a simple and delicious recipe. I like the addition of herbs in yours.

    - Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

  16. I’m not much of a beer person but I would gladly eat this anytime!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  17. I love beer bread too, and this one looks and sounds delicious! Will be trying this weekend!

    - Little Kitchie

  18. I love the original stuff so much that I never venture into other flavors. I must now, ASAP.

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  19. This might be the first thing I make when the raw detox is done. Heavenly. (With vegan butter, of course.)

    - Sarah M.

  20. I love beer bread!! This looks fantastic…I love all of the flavors!

    - JulieD

  21. Delish! I love the warm, melty, buttery shots! And I will always prefer sweet to savory so just had to pin your older honey beer bread :)

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  22. This bread is maaaaad fantastic. What a fabulous flavour!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  23. This is perfect! I have been wanting to make beer bread, and this version with garlic and herbs sounds incredible! I will be making this very soon!

    - Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

  24. Absolutely love this bread! I can never resist anything with garlic and herbs!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  25. Somehow I’ve gone through 25 years of life never making beer bread… this must change!

    - ashley - baker by nature

  26. I spy with my little eye, my favorite Pale Ale! Can’t wait to make this recipe!!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  27. This looks delish! Could you modify it with regular flour if you don’t have wheat flour on hand?

    - Stephanie Hanson

  28. Like my British friend Karla would say, this bread looks absolutely major!

    - Margherita

  29. Like my British friend Karla would say, this bread looks ravishing!

    - Margherita

  30. Oh so gorgeous!

    - Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

  31. LOVE beer bread! it’s so easy to make and so versatile. i love what you did here with the herbs!

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  32. This sounds fabulous. And we always have some kind of good beer on hand..hmm.

    - Lauren | Have Fork, Will Eat

  33. Umm… hello gorgeous bread!! I love baking with white whole wheat four. It actually has slightly more protein/fiber than whole wheat flour!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  34. This looks incredible! I love all the herbs and garlic. This is definitely a recipe I look forward to making!

    - Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

  35. There’s no way I can go another day without having this bread… It looks so beyond delicious!

    - Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)