Celebrate Oktoberfest this year with this tasty comfort food. This one pan German Beer Sausage and Potatoes has all the flavors you’re looking for in a typically German stew, Weisswurst, potatoes, mustard, apples and, of course, German beer.

German beer sausage and potatoes in a black bowl

It doesn’t get any more German than this Weisswurst Eintopf (sausage one pot, in German).

It’s like a Germany sausage and potato casserole made with traditional sausage, the sauce is so delicious because of the grainy mustard seeds and German (Bavarian) beer. Munich, which is in the state of Bavaria, is traditionally where Oktoberfest takes place.

What is Weisswurst/Weißwürste?

A German sausage from the state of Bavaria that is pale in color. Made from minced pork and veal with spices and herbs added for flavor.

German beer sausage and potatoes viewed from overhead

When is German Oktoberfest?

Did you know that Oktoberfest is not the entire month of October? It starts the middle of September to the beginning of October.

Oktoberfest 2023 is Saturday 16th September to Tuesday 3rd October.

What is bratwurst?

Bratwurst is the traditional sausage produced in the Thüringen and Franconia regions of Germany. Darker in color than weisswurst, it uses different cuts of pork with added spices like mace, ginger, allspice and lemon zest.

Bratwurst is one of my favorite German foods, especially when served with sautéed onions and peppers like my Beer Braised Bratwurst (Bier Bratwurst). 

A Weisswurst (white sausage) on a ladle

If you’ve ever been to Germany, they sell sausages everywhere. It is a popular snack item that is sometimes served with just grainy or spicy mustard. I used the grainy for this recipe which has amazing flavor and texture that is added from the mustard seeds.

German beer sausage and potatoes viewed from overhead

When it comes to the beer for this stew, I went with a traditional Bavarian beer. There are 3 that I find in many grocery stores, Spaten Lowenbrau and Paulaner and all are excellent choices. I used Spaten this time ‘round.

If you want to get in on the Oktoberfest celebrations, I have a few more Oktoberfest recipes:

German Sausage and Potatoes Serving Suggestions

This beer, sausage and potatoes are perfect on their own, but why not serve with a side of sauerkraut or cabbage? You can also add seasonal vegetables like carrots, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash or pumpkin.

Yield: 4

German Beer Sausage and Potatoes

Pale sausages and potatoes stew in a bowl

German weisswurst sausage are cooked with onions, potatoes in a delicious mustard, beer sauce.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 8 white German sausages/weisswurst
  • 5-6 slices (90 grams) smoked bacon, finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, cut in half and sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 ½ cups/12 ounces (335 ml) light Bavarian/German beer *see note
  • 1 1/2 cups (236 ml) beef stock
  • ¼ cup (80 ml) cloudy (unfiltered) apple juice
  • 1 ¼ pound (500 g) small potatoes (triplets)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 red apples, peeled and sliced
  • Salt & pepper
  • Fresh parsley, chopped


  1. To a Dutch oven or large pan over medium heat, melt the butter, oil and brown the sausages evenly. They don’t have to be completely cooked. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add the bacon and onion to the same pan and cook until the onions are softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and mustard, cook for 1 minute, stirring. Sprinkle in the flour and stir, cook for 1 minute. Stir in the beer and cook for a couple of minutes until reduced slightly. Add the stock, apple juice, potatoes, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a light boil and partially cover for 15 minutes until the potatoes are just lightly softened.
  3. Add the apple slices and cooked sausages to the pan and cook with the lid on for a further 10 minutes over low heat until the apples are soft and potatoes fully cooked.
  4. Season to taste with salt, pepper to taste. Serve warm with chopped parsley.


*Note: Popular brands are Paulaner, Lowenbrau and Spaten

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 847Total Fat 54gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 31gCholesterol 103mgSodium 1109mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 7gSugar 16gProtein 30g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.