Muenster cheese is a semi-soft cow's milk cheese originating in the U.S. and inspired by the washed-rind Munster cheese from France's Alsace region. Muenster has a pale color, smooth texture and a mild buttery flavor that gets stronger and tangier with age. Muenster has excellent melting properties, but it can also be grated or sliced.
Muenster cheese is a mild-flavored American original that was inspired by French Munster cheese, but the two cheeses are not similar today. French Munster is made with unpasteurized milk from the Vosges region of France, and has a stronger aroma and flavor thanks to a washed-rind cheese making process (the same used to make stinky cheeses like limburger) that produce more bacteria on the exterior of the cheese. American-made muenster is much milder and made from pasteurized cow's milk. Muenster does not use a washed-rind process.