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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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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  • Does this bread only only work well with nitrogen beers? Would like to take a run at Kilkenny as it is sweeter!

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    • not sure Jonathan. I guess there is only one way to find out! 🙂 If the beer is sweeter, you may want to reduce the brown sugar a bit – to maybe 1/2 cup or even 1/3. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.

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  • Made this bread yesterday… So easy and so delicious. The family gave it a thumbs up. We had the grilled ham and cheese sandwiches tonight!

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  • Great post!

    I’ll try this recipe 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

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  • Thank you for this tasty recipe! i just cut the first slice to sample it. i made it for my boyfriend (who loves guinness!) when he comes over for supper tonight. i also wanted to use it for sandwich bread but its to sweet for sanwiches for my liking but iam sure i will find other ways to devour it!
    When i make it agian i think i will use half the sugar, also i used half white and half whole wheat flour.
    thank you 🙂

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    • Glad you like it. Yes, it is more of a sweet bread – similar to banana bread. If you are wanting a more traditional bread for sandwiches, cutting the sugar in half would probably do the trick.

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  • Does the flour require sifting? Can I use white whole wheat flour instead? Hoping to make this tonight 🙂 with Clam Chowder!

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    • I do not sift the flour, although it would not hurt if you do. Hope it turns out well for you!

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  • Hi Steve, I just saw that you published this bread on RecipeNewZ. Welcome aboard!

    I love this recipe! The bread looks amazing :-). I bake a lot of bread but have never added beer. I will have to try that. If your bread tastes as good as it looks it must be amazing!

    I hope you share more of your wonderful posts on RecipeNewZ!

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  • Wow…DELISH!

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  • I use a so recipe – uses a stick of me.ted butter poured over the top before you pit it in the oven – also, a cup or so of sharp cheddar makes it a wonderful snacking bread.

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  • Oh yes i can see making great grilled cheese sandwiches with Dubliner Cheddar Cheese. I ahve this bookmarked

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    • So true which is why I had to actually post that grilled ham and cheese sandwich here

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  • Steve:

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

    May the Lord richly bless you.


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  • Beer bread is always a good thing…but why did I already drink all my Guinness????

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  • This is great. I bet the dark brown sugar goes so well with the guinness!

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  • Steve this bread looks wonderful!! I don’t drink beer… but I may have to just bake with it. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter! ~ Ramona

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  • This recipe does yield a high rise loaf which is unlike the loaves I have made from other recipes. It also looks a bit more fluffier. I will need to try your version.
    Have a wonderful Easter, Steve. I know that creative wife of yours is making bunny ears or something for the kids while you are planing the food festivities!

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  • You did a terrific job with the bread. It looks wonderful. A good crumb. I bet it tastes super. Great job!

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  • Looks like a wonderful loaf, especially with those oats on top. 🙂

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  • This looks great Steve. Oh yea? What did you do with the rest of the beer?


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  • Okay mister this is some seriously moist and delicious looking bread. There is nothing quite like fresh bread. The smell just changes my outlook on life.

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  • Looks and sounds delicious. I will probably use half whole wheat flour and half white flour!

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  • I’m a big fan of beer breads! The oatmeal is a nice addition. I’ve pinned this recipe and printed it out for future reference. Thanks for sharing it.

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