Soupe à la Bière (Beer Soup) or Soupe à la bière du Nord (Northern soup) and even Potage à la bierre, is a delicious potato and leek, vegetarian soup, with the addition of beer from the Alsace region. Rustic and hearty to cosy up with on those chilly evenings.

A white soup bowl with handles filled with beer soup and croutons with crusty bread and a bottle of beer in the background

There are many variations when it comes this soup. Some add cream, cheese or egg yolks, but this recipe is one of my favorites and think you’ll love it too. Doesn’t this look like the perfect bite with a crispy crouton?

A closeup of a spoonful of soup and a crouton and a bowl of beer soup

Let’s toast to the weekend and stay warm at the same time with this delicious European medieval inspired soup.

Now, in case you’re wondering  how good could soup with beer really taste? It’s pretty darn good. Just like when you add wine to dishes and allow the alcohol to cook out, the same goes here and what you’re left with is a rich velvety, flavorful soup. Throw on some crispy croutons and its heaven in a bowl.

Since we are talking about French soup, I would be remiss to not share with you my ever popular French Onion Soup with Mini Croutons (picture below). A classic that stands the test of time.

If you’ve ever had potato and leek soup, this is similar with beer added for amazing flavor. If the beer is not for you, or you are serving to children, you can omit the beer.

As I mentioned, this soup has no milk or cream. The creaminess comes from the blending of the potato which, in my opinion, gives it a smooth, velvety texture.

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Soup à la Bière (Beer Soup)

A spoon next to a white soup bowl of soup a la bier (beer soup)

A delicious potato and leek based soup with the addition of beer. Rustic and hearty to cosy up with on those chilly evenings.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 14 ounces (400 grams) potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped, white parts only
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 16 fluid ounces (473 ml) light tasting beer
  • 3 cups (308 ml) water
  • 1 bay leaf and sprig of rosemary tied together
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Croutons


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. When bubbly add the potatoes, leek and onion. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes until the onion starts to soften. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Pour in the beer, water, herbs, salt and pepper. Partially cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the herbs, and blend (you can use a hand blender or regular blender). Reheat, test for seasoning and adjust.
  4. Garnish with croutons.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 180Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 31mgSodium 312mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 2g

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