Muenster cheese is a cow's milk cheese that originated in Wisconsin in the 1800s as French immigrants sought to imitate the Munster cheese from their homeland. American muenster is a semi-soft cheese with a creamy white color, an orange rind and a mild, slightly nutty/buttery flavor that develops more complexity with age. While muenster cheese has excellent melting properties, it can also be easily sliced or grated, making it a highly versatile table cheese.
French munster cheese originates from the Alsace region of France and is traditionally made with unpasteurized cow's milk from the Vosges region. It is a wash-rind cheese produced with the same techniques used to make strong-smelling cheeses like limburger. While not as pungent as traditional stinky cheeses, French Munster has a potent aroma and strong flavors. American muenster cheese is made from pasteurized milk and is not produced with washed-rind techniques, resulting in a much milder flavor.