Försterkäse is a soft cow’s milk cheese from Toggenburg, Switzerland. The name means "lumberjack's cheese." It is washed in a white wine brine. The bark band encircling its outer wall has been described as looking like wet cardboard, but the bark enhances Försterkäse’s aroma and flavor.
Försterkäse has a pinky-melon rind that feels like it has been dusted with granulated sugar. The interior paste is butter yellow and looks squishy and wet.
Försterkäse has a peculiar aroma. The interior paste smells like meat; however, the bark wrapper adds a woody cedar chest scent to the cheese that is also detectable in Försterkäse’s rind.
Försterkäse has a taste that has been likened to meat, with smoky and savory flavors.
- Winnimere, a proprietary cheese made in the United States, modeled on Försterkäse
- Article on Försterkäse on cheese.com