Muenster (English pronunciation: /ˈmʌnstər/ or /ˈmʊnstər/) or munster is a semi-soft cheese from the United States, not to be confused with the French cheese, Munster. It is also not related to the German city called Münster.
Its taste varies from bland, like a white American cheese, to sharp, like a jack cheese. Muenster cheese is lower in fat per serving than many other popular store bought cheeses such as cheddar, mozzarella and Monterey jack.
Muenster is pale in color and smooth in texture with an orange rind. It is made from cow's milk. The orange color is a vegetable coloring. It usually has a very mild flavor and smooth, soft texture. In some cases, when properly aged, it can develop a strong flavor with a pungent aroma. This cheese is commonly served as an appetizer. Because it melts well, it is also often used in dishes such as grilled cheesesandwiches, tuna melts, quesadillas, cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, and pizza. Little Caesars Pizza, in their 2013 television commercial, stated that they use both muenster and mozzarella rather than cheese byproducts.