Butterkäse is a semi-soft cheese with a golden natural rind, very popular in Germany and Austria for its creamy texture, buttery like taste. Its name, when literally translated means "butter cheese," but the cheese is butter free. It is often described as mild, partly due to its brief aging time. Butterkäse first appeared in 1928 as a variant of Italian Bel Paese. The texture of Butterkäse is smooth and creamy. Butterkäse is often sliced and added to rolls and sandwiches or melted for cooking. It is very good with a glass of beer.