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German Beef in Beer Roast

German Beef and Beer with salad on a blue plate

After my trip to revisit all the places I had lived in Germany last year, I came home and created this delicious and tender beef stew.  It’s perfect for the fall season! This tastes best in the Instant Pot but you can also do it on the stove.

German Beef in Beer Roast

Delicious and tender beef stew! Perfect for the fall season! This tastes best in the Instant Pot but you can also do it on the stove. Smart Points 9 points per cup, if I don't have the points to spare, I will often eat 1/2 c. of stew with a big salad for only 4 points. I'd rather eat a little bit of heaven vs. a lot of canned soup.
Weight Watchers Points: Blue: 9 Smart Points ; Green: 9 Smart Points; Purple: 8 Smart Point per cup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 -12
Calories 188 kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 3 lb chuck roast
  • 2 T. butter
  • 6 oz of Black Forest Ham cut in strips
  • 2 red onions diced
  • 2 T. flour
  • 2 c. dark beer
  • 1 pkg of baby carrots
  • 2 c. potatoes cubed
  • 1 1/2 t. marjoram
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 T. parsley for garnish
  • vinegar and sugar if desired


  • Rinse the beef and pat it dry.  Cut it into 1 inch cubes.
  • In a large pan or in the Instant Pot, melt the butter.  Brown the meat in the butter until thoroughly browned on all sides.  You may have to do this in batches in the Instant Pot (sometimes I prefer to do the browning in a large pan on the stove, then transfer to Instant Pot). Transfer meat to separate dish.
  • Add the ham and onions and brown slightly. Add meat back into pot.
  • Sprinkle with flour and brown a bit more until the mixture starts to stick.
  • Add the potatoes and carrots.
  • Add the beer to deglaze the pan.  Cook slightly.
  • Season with salt and pepper and add marjoram. Add the bay leaf.
  • Cover and cook on the "Stew/Meat" setting  (about 35 minutes).  Allow to sit about 10 minutes before releasing the steam. Serve in bowls or cups. Garnish with a little parsley.  Allow guests to add a little apple cider vinegar and a bit of brown sugar if desired. For 1/2 c. serving about 2 t. vinegar and 1 t. brown sugar. (Smart points not included in the count)


  • If doing on the stove, allow it to simmer with the lid on for about 45 minutes or until tender.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 19.5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 58.4mgSodium: 63.8mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 1.8gVitamin A: 18.7IUVitamin C: 5.3mg
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