The signature landrace variety of the Hallertau region in Bavaria, Hallertau is, at least to some, the epitome of noble hops. Although it can be and is used throughout the boil, it is most prized for its fine, elegant aroma and flavor contribution. Hallertau has been one of Europes most widely esteemed varieties for centuries and is practically synonymous with continental lagers (particularly Bavarian styles) and many types of German and Belgian ales. The aroma is complex but mild and approachable. A mixture of sweet, earthy, and herbal with vivid impressions of new-mowed hay, sweet spices, dried flowers, and warm forest aromas (dry wood, humus). Its many offshoots and daughters show some of these same qualities, but none has the same range and balance.
Hop Type: Aroma
Alpha Acid: 3.0 - 5.5%
Similar Varieties: Tradition, Hersbrucker, Mount Hood, Liberty
Common Styles: Continental Lagers and Wheat Beers, German Pilsner, Altbier