Aroma Profile: Gooseberry, Grape, Lemongrass, Elderflower
Alpha Acids: 9-12%
Beta Acids: 4.5-5.5%
Total Oils: 1.2-1.5 mL/100g
Hallertau Blanc is one of the newer German hop varieties. It was bred to appeal to craft brewers and is the daughter of Cascade, offering strong aromas of grape alongside the sturdy and unique flavours of gooseberry, lemongrass and elderflower.
Hallertau Blanc was released out into the brewing world in 2012. The hop has become a firm favourite of many brewers since its release. It is from the Hallertau region of Germany, and it is known for its wine-like qualities.
With an aroma profile similar to Sauvignon Blanc, this hop has been used to create some exciting and tasty beers over the years. The aromas are complex, meaning that most people who try a beer made from this hop take something different away from it. In fact, in several different taste trails, other notes have been detected, including pineapple and passion fruit.
So, when you make a beer from this hop, you really do not know what people will taste when they drink it. For those that love Hallertau Blanc, this is the exciting part about brewing with it.
Thanks to its wine-like qualities and very complex aromas, this is the perfect hop for a massive variety of beers. Of course, Hallertau Blanc is ideal for use in Pale Ales and IPA’s: the subtlety of this hop makes for a very drinkable and always satisfying IPA.
One of the reasons that Hallertau Blanc is not as widely used as some of the other hops available is because of the lack of control a brewer has on the notes that come through on the finished product. Most brewers like to offer a very consistent taste, but Hallertau Blanc can vary magnificently, to the point where different people can taste different things, which is very exciting and something we love about Hallertau Blanc, as many craft brewers do too.
If you fancy your next beer hitting every part of the palette and offering a personalised aroma and flavour to everyone that tries it, you have to give Hallertau Blanc a try. It is subtle, yet strong, floral, yet fruity, and so much more. Come and grab some for your next brewing project!