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Liederkranz is an American replication of Germany's Limburger cheese, made subtly different by the use of a distinct bacterial culture for ripening. The cow's milk cheese has the same texture and unique aroma, but features a distinctively robust and buttery flavor. It is made in a small, rectangular shape and has a moist, edible, golden yellow crust with a pale ivory interior and a heavy, honey-like consistency. It is particularly well complemented by dark bread and dark beer and can be used as an appetizer, on salads or sandwiches, or with fruits. As the cheese matures, the crust turns golden brown and the cheese a deeper color. Both flavor and aroma become much stronger.

The mildly pungent cheese was created in the late 1800s by Emil Frey, an apprentice cheesemaker at the Monroe Cheese Company in Monroe, New York. The owner, Adolphe Tode, also ran a successful New York delicatessen. At the time there was a heavy wave of German immigrants and Tode received many requests from them for Bismarck Schlosskäse, a traditional soft, smelly cheese. Due to inadequate refrigeration, much of this delicate cheese spoiled in transit. To meet the demand, Tode challenged his company's cheesemakers to duplicate the popular German cheese. After years of experimentation, Frey stumbled upon a spreadable, Limburger-style product.

The first samples of the new cheese were taken to the famous New York City singing society, the Liederkranz Club, whose members were patrons of Tode's deli. When they pronounced it wonderful, the cheese was named "Liederkranz" in their honor. Translated from German, the name means "wreath of song".

Size: 6 ounces Item: 7423
Price: $9.99



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Latest Customer Reviews for Liederkranz
By Geraldine
from Montana
on Mar 05, 2018
itdidn't get runny when warm like it used to, but i gather that is a common complaint, but the flavor is good and it is creamy. while waiting for this to get in stock i ordered from another company and was very disappointing...was not creamy and the middle had white stuff in it. the date was good? needless to say i will not order from them again, but will from you.
By Robert
from Wrong Beach, California.
on Apr 07, 2017
I like this .. alot.
In making my first time choices, I missed the fact that Liederkranz cheese is an American version of Limburger cheese. I wasn`t really looking for a "stinky" cheese. After gathering my courage to try it I was amazed at how rich and flavorful it is. A bit salty, but not like our (in my opinion), not that great California cheese. More like, when paired with a good deli rye and a slice of red onion ... makes for a wonderful snack. I`ll be experimenting more with this. Thank you. I was also impressed by the shipping time and method. Everything arrived fresh and well packaged.
By Joan D. Chamblin
from Charlotte, NC
on Aug 11, 2014
Liederkranz Cheese
The first time I ordered this cheese from you, I was very disappointed. It did not have the flavor I remembered when growing up in Washington, DC This time it is excellent. A nice robust, strong flavor. I don't know what happened the first time, but I am glad it has been corrected. Incidentally, I don't understand your rating system, above
By James W. Schenkenfelder
from Harrogate, TN
on Aug 19, 2013
It has been almost 40 years since I had tasted this pungent slice of heaven. Thank you igourmet for the wonderful remembrance.
By erikahanne
from Indianapolis
on Jun 25, 2012
Not so good
The cheese was over ripe on arrival and the packaging was torn, cheese was spilled out into the plastic baggy it was wrapped in. I will not buy it again, I will wait for the Limburger from Germany to arrive.
By Richard Koeppel
from East Hampton, NY
on May 20, 2011
A big disappointment!
When Leiderkranz reappeared a while back, my first purchase found a cheese as good or better than the originalfrom many years ago. Alas, subsequent purcahses have been ninferior; poorly andirrefularly agen, off tasting, irregular texture. Whre the fault lies I do not know, but it is unlikely that I will be buying Leiderkranz again.
By Kat
from Norwalk, CA
on Jan 23, 2011
Oh, yum! If you like stinky cheese like the original, go with this one. Good with onions, like the other reviewer said, or a piece of fruit. I like mine on fresh bolillo halves or any soft freshly baked bread.
By Tom Dombrosky
from Tampa, FL
on Jan 03, 2011
Welcome back
I have been looking for Leiderkranz for over 30 years after it was discontinued by a major American Cheese producer. This product has the same characteristic aroma as the original, but does not soften as did the original at room temperature. I recall it "ripening" to an almost runny state increasing in flavor each time, almost like Brie. Wonderful to be able to get it again. I will never be without it again.
By Kaaskop
from Orlando
on Dec 27, 2010
Just like we had it way back in the 60th's. Triscuits with Liederkranz and sliced Onions on top.... Yuuummmmm
By Calef
from VT
on Dec 20, 2010
What a nice surprise !
After a 30 year hiatus, it's back !! Grew up with it 30-70 years ago . It's authentic , but needs to be held to near "use by date".
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