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Whole Wheat Garlic & Herb Beer Bread

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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!

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Whole Wheat Garlic Herb Beer Bread

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


Beer bread goes Italian with delicious garlic and herbs!


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve immediately.

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54 comments on “Whole Wheat Garlic & Herb Beer Bread”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  22. 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.

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

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

  25. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  34. 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??

  35. Great recipe!  I made it using 1 TBSP each of rosemary, thyme and oregano, 1/2 rolled oats (ground to flour in Vitamix) and 1/2 white whole wheat.  Instead of butter I used nonstick spray on pan- it tasted delicious.  Thanks for the recipe!

  36. I just have to tell you how much we love this bread! It is a keeper! It is a fall/winter favorite and a mandatory on snow days in this house! :) I have also given beer bread kits as gifts-just add garlic, butter and beer. Couldn’t be any easier. thank you!

  37. Can you use dark beers? 

  38. I was searching for an herb beer bread that had some cheese, I could sprinkle some in this batter what are your thoughts? :)

  39. This is the first beer bread recipe I have made that delivers a finer texture. I will use this often as I have lots of dried herbs to use before the next crop arrives from my garden-tastic sister.

  40. Can soda be substituted for the beer?

    • Hi Mikayla! Hmmm, you might be able to, but we haven’t tried that, so we’re not quite sure how that would work/taste. We think this works best with beer. If you’re not wanting the bread to have alcohol in it, just keep in mind it does bake off, so it’s just for flavoring, but there are alcohol-free beers you could try. We hope this helps!

  41. Delicious! I made it with an American Pale Ale and fresh herbs. So good, easy and not too heavy like some whole wheat recipes. I really like using white whole wheat. Glad to find this recipe. Thank you!

  42. thank you this worked great! can i freeze the left over spaghetti squash or how long does it keep in the fridge?
    rose martine

  43. Is there a gluten free flour that would work best for this recipe?

  44. Best beer bread ever…..and I have tried a lot of recipes. Delicious, even the next day.

  45. Kate I have cranked out three of your recipes in under 24 hours and they’re all 5-star. First was your best tzatziki then the chia seed pudding with lime zest and vanilla and this morning the beer bread. They are easy and always healthy. Thank you!

  46. This beer bread is amazingly delicious. A snow day staple in my house! It’s seriously addictive and you will eat the whole loaf in one day.