Here is another entry in the noble hops series.
Hallertauer Hops is the name of a traditional variety that is grown in the Hallertau section of Bavaria…which is a state (Bundesland) of Germany. To be even more specific, the variety that is known as “Hallertauer Mittelfrüh” is the one that is considered noble.
Because Hallertauer Mittelfrüh is prone to fungal disease, the acreage for this specific variety is not large. More energy is spent growing varieties that produce larger yields. To get your hands on some genuine Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops may be a bit of a challenge.
Better brewing through science has given us substitute varieties that are close to the noble hop. They have the Hallertauer name, and they are similar to Mittelfrüher…but they are not the exact same. Here’s a list:
- Hallertauer Gold
- Hallertauer Tradition
- Hallertauer Magnum
- Hallertauer Merkur
- Hallertauer Taurus
Some other varieties that were bred as substitutes include:
This hop is the key flavoring and aroma hop for Sam Adams Boston Lager.
Origin: Germany (see above for more details)
Aroma/Flavor: Very Floral, earthy with a little spice
Alpha Acid: 3% to 5%
Typical Usage: Flavoring and Aroma
Beer Styles: German and American Lagers
Other Noble hops include: