Best-Rated Soft Cheese

Canstar Blue’s soft cheese review compares Australian Gold, Castello, King Island Dairy, South Cape, Tasmanian Heritage, Coles and Woolworths on taste, texture, variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

See our Ratings Methodology.


Best soft cheese 2022

Most Satisfied Customers | Australian Gold

Aussies rated Australian Gold number one for soft cheese, scoring the brand five-star reviews in all categories. These include variety, taste, texture, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Australian Gold crowned winner in soft cheese ratings

Who doesn’t enjoy the rich, creamy goodness of brie on a cracker (with a glass of wine)? Or maybe fresh mascarpone in tiramisu? From blue cheeses like gorgonzola and camembert to the ever-popular feta and ricotta, there isn’t a soft cheese that doesn’t melt our taste buds.

To help you sink your teeth into the best options out there, we’ve surveyed more than 400 Aussies to get their feedback on the soft cheeses they have purchased from a supermarket or grocer and eaten in the last three months. Consumers rated brands on taste, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.

Australian Gold was the cream of the crop in our latest soft cheese ratings, achieving five-star reviews across the board – including for overall satisfaction!

Best Soft Cheese

Australian Gold soft cheese

Here are the best soft cheese brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:

  1. Australian Gold
  2. Castello
  3. King Island Dairy
  4. South Cape
  5. Tasmanian Heritage
  6. Coles
  7. Woolworths

Australian Gold topped our soft cheese ratings after receiving five-star reviews in all categories. Runner-up Castello similarly impressed Aussies after landing full marks for taste, value for money, and packaging design, as well as for variety (as did King Island Dairy and South Cape).

Top Soft Cheese Brand – Australian Gold

Australian Gold Soft Cheese review

Australian Gold specialises in whipping up brie cheese that boasts a delicate, yet rich flavour and creamy centre, and also offers camembert for those craving a more earthy taste. The brand claims its cheeses contain no preservatives and are long life.

  • Australian Gold received five stars for taste, texture, variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Types of soft cheese

There are so many types of soft cheese to choose from, including:

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Cremont
  • Cream cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Feta
  • Goat’s cheese
  • Gorgonzola
  • Ricotta
  • Roquefort

Our survey found camembert (10%) and brie (10%) were the next most popular types of cheese after cheddar (33%), with most people pairing it with crackers (68%), wine (37%), cured meats (35%) and olives (32%).

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased from a supermarket or grocer (i.e. not a deli) and consumed soft cheese within the last three months – in this case, 425 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

  • Best soft cheese for overall satisfaction: Australian Gold was rated best overall.
  • Best soft cheese for value for money:Consumers also saw Australian Gold as the best bang for buck.
  • Best soft cheese for range variety:Castello was seen to offer the best variety of options.
  • Best soft cheese for taste: Castello again rated as the tastiest.
  • Best soft cheese for texture: Australian Gold took the top spot for texture.
  • Best soft cheese for packaging design: Castello scored best for packaging design.

Check out the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s soft cheese ratings:

  • 2021: King Island Dairy
  • 2020: Tasmanian Heritage

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