This American original was created in 1882 by Emil Frey, a New York cheesemaker. He named it after a New York singing society of the same name, whose members were great fans of the cheese. Made from cow’s milk, Liederkranz has an edible, pale yellow crust and semisoft, ivory interior. The flavor is mildly pungent and the aroma distinctive. As it matures, the crust turns golden brown and the cheese a deep honey color; both flavor and aroma become much stronger. Liederkranz makes a full-flavored snack cheese and is particularly well complemented by dark bread and dark beer. See also cheese.