Made from unpasteurized cow's milk
Country of origin: Germany
Region: Allgaeu Alps
Type: hard, artisan
Fat content: 62%
Colour: pale yellow
Flavour: full-flavored, nutty, spicy
Aroma: aromatic, rich
Synonyms: Allgauer Bergkase, Allgäuer Bergkäse DOP
Alternative spellings: Bawarii Bergkäse
Bavarian Bergkase (Bawarii Bergkäse), also known as Allgauer Bergkase, is a hard mountain cheese. This "PDO" (Protected Designation of Origin) cheese from Germany is also famous as the smaller brother of the popular Allgauer Emmentaler. As required by PDO regulations, Allgauer Bergkase is a handmade, artisanal cheese made from raw, silage-free milk of cows grazing in the Allgäu Mountains of southwest Germany. The cheese is aged for a minimum of 4 months and the mild and nutty taste becomes stronger with ageing. The fat content is between 45 and 50%.
Allgäuer Bergkäse is mostly used as a topping for bread, salads and casseroles.