Guinness Bread

This Guinness beer bread ‘no yeast’ recipe can be made in under an hour and tastes amazing with the wonderful taste of the classic Irish stout.

A loaf of beer bread with a couple slices.

I am really excited to shared this beer bread with you. If you have never tasted beer bread, you don’t know what you are missing. It is sweet, buttery, moist and chewy. Every time I have this Guinness bread I am utterly amazed at how delicious it is.

It is just incredible.

Now this bread is not with just any beer. This bread is made with Guinness. The classic Irish stout has a wonderful flavour and with every bite of this bread you can taste the Guinness. It is amazing because the taste of Guinness is present but not overpowering.

A freshly baked loaf of bread with oats sprinkled on top.

No Yeast Bread!

Not only do I love the flavour of this bread, but I also love how easy it is to make. There is no yeast in this bread, so there is no kneading required. There is also no need to let it rest and rise.

This bread uses baking powder, and that along with the carbonation of the Guinness, it gets all the lift it needs. You can get this bread in the oven within 10 minutes. It is that easy to make.

Ingredients for bread collected on a cutting board.

Ingredients You Will Need?

Guinness bread uses a lot of basic pantry ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen!

  • Flouryou can use all-purpose or bread flour.
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Oatsboth rolled oats or quick oats will work just fine.
  • Baking Powderthis is the rising agent for the bread since there is no yeast used.
  • Salt
  • GuinnessIf you cannot get Guinness, any stout beer will work great.
  • Butterthe butter is used for greasing the loaf pan and brushing on top of the batter before baking.

Dry ingredients dumped into a glass bowl.

Sift Together Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, oats, salt and baking powder. Use a whisk or fork to sift them all together. Mixing the dry ingredients first, ensures that the salt and baking powder is well mixed into the flour.

Pouring beer into a glass bowl with dry ingredients.

Pour In The Guinness

Measure out the Guinness beer (or other stout) and pour it into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to gently mix in the beer. 

Expert Tip: Do not open the can or bottle of Guinness beer until you are ready to add it to the batter. This ensures that the beer is still fizzy and carbonated, which will help with the rising or the bread during baking.

Batter mixed in a glass bowl.

Mix The Batter Gently

As you mix the batter together, make sure to use a folding and turning rotation to gently mix it all together. You want it just to get to the point that there are no more pockets of flour and the batter has a consistent wet texture throughout.

Loaf batter spread into a greased glass dish.

Dump the batter into a loaf pan that has been greased with butter. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to spread the batter evenly in the dish.

Melted butter being brushed onto batter in loaf pan.

Take the melted butter and brush it all over the top of the batter. This will give the top of the bread a nice golden colour during baking.

Bread batter in a loaf pan ready to go into the oven.

Sprinkle the one tablespoon of oats all over the batter. While both rolled and quick oat work for this recipe, I often use rolled oats for the batter and quick oats for the topping.

Freshly baked beer bread still in the glass loaf pan.

How Long To Bake Beer Bread

Preheat the oven to 350F. Put the loaf pan in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes. It is done, once a toothpick or knife stuck in the centre comes out clean. After the bread has been in the oven for 45 minutes, I usually check to see if it is done. Then check every 5 minutes or so.

Once the bread is finished baking, take it out of the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Expert Tip: Don’t worry if your beer bread cracks and splits on the top. I have made this bread many times over the years and sometimes is splits and other times it doesn’t. The bread tastes the same either way and it is delicious!

Loaf of bread with a few slices cut.

So, if you have never had beer bread before, I encourage you to give it a try. It doesn’t have to be Guinness either. You could try various beers to get different flavours. Once you try, this bread will be in your regular rotation of ‘to-make’ foods!

Guinness bread slice spread with butter.

Great Recipes To Have with Guinness Bread!

While beer beer is great simply on its own 

Guinness Beer Bread

Beer bread on a cutting board.
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13 reviews
This Guinness beer bread 'no yeast' recipe can be made in under an hour and tastes amazing with the wonderful taste of the classic Irish stout.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 slices


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup rolled or quick oats
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 12 oz Guinness , (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp rolled or quick oats


  • Preheat oven at 350F
  • Grease a loaf pan with the 1 tbsp butter.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, 1/3 cup oats and brown sugar.
  • Slowly mix in the Guinness into the dry ingredients using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer on the low setting. Do not over mix the batter, but make sure that it is not too lumpy.
  • Pour the batter in the greased loaf pan.
  • Brush the melted butter on top of the batter and sprinkle the 1 tbsp of oats on top.
  • Bake the bread for 50-60 minutes. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted, comes out clean. Check at 45 minutes just in case the bread is done early.
  • Place on a cooling rack until at room temperature and then slice.


Per serving:

Calories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 141mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14g

Nutrition Disclaimer


A loaf of beer bread with a couple slices.

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  • 5 stars
    Great recipe! Guinness is one of my husband’s favourite beers to drink so I made this bread along with some chili for dinner. I used spelt flour to make it a little healthier and baked it for 50 minutes.

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  • 5 stars
    OMG to DIE for. Made it to have w/soup but daughter n granddaughter visited and left me with 1.5 Slice! They raved over it with good reason! OMG I’m making it again tomorrow! Best recipe ever.

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  • 5 stars
    I did not have oats so I made it with a tiny bit less of beer (like 1.5 oz less) and anyway turned out AMAZING.
    Thank you so much for sharing this delicious bread!

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  • 5 stars
    Great bread! I used 1/3 whole wheat flour, 2/3 all purpose.

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  • 5 stars
    WOW this bread is great and just a little sweet. It’s so easy to make too! My husband loves it. I’ll definitely keep making and sharing this bread.

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  • 5 stars
    Made this bread and it is delicious! Posted the picture on Facebook and sent your recipe to many friends! Thank you!

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  • 5 stars
    Easy and delicious, this was my first attempt at baking bread and it came out perfectly! It was a big hit and I’ve made it several times now, taken some to my work and my brother, sometimes even tossed in some raisins or a banana. Every time it turns out perfectly, so simple and so good! Also a great alternative if you don’t have yeast.

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  • 5 stars
    What a great, simple recipe! I haven’t been able to find yeast anywhere lately, but happened to have a can of Guinness and your recipe came up when I searched Guinness bread. It was a hit with the whole family. Going to check out some more of your recipes!

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  • Morning Steve, I made this bread yesterday afternoon. My wife (I call her Mrs. Ramsey) walked in the house and said, what smells so good, I said I’m making bAread, she says, really! Anyhow I let it cool a bit , gave her a slice with some butter. Make a long story short, she liked it a lot, me too! Excellent recipe, easy to make. Thanks.

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    • Awesome! So glad you guys enjoyed it. I am planning to make another loaf later this week. We love it also.

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  • 5 stars
    This was amazing and great with hardy winter dishes. I served with a goat stew but is delicious all by itself with fresh churned butter. Everyone should definitely try and was easy to make in very little time.
    Thankyou for a great recipe.

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  • Could you please send me the Nutritional value of the bread please.


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  • Bread + Beer. Sound like the perfect recipe to make for my boyfriend 😀 No really, thank you for the recipe! This will be tested as soon as possible 🙂


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  • When you say “flour”, do you mean all-purpose flour? Self-rising flour? Baking has kind of been my kryptonite, so I don’t like to assume! lol I really am looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing it!

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    • all purpose flour is what I use.

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  • 5 stars
    It was great. I was in a Guiness sort of mood. I made Guiness stew and served the bread as a side. YUM! The bread sliced better when it was cool.

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  • I cut my sugar down to a half cup toasted with butter and it was great.

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  • 5 stars
    I made this and it was delicious, especially toasted with butter! Here is mine:

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