Hallertau Blanc hops are a German hop variety released in 2012 by the Hop Research Center Hüll in Bavaria’s Hallertau region. It was bred specifically for American craft brewers and is a descendant of Cascade hops.
Hallertau Blanc is known for its fruity and complex flavor and aroma profile, featuring notes of white grape, lemongrass, lime, gooseberry, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple, and elderflower. It is often compared to wines made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes and has become a popular ingredient in various beer styles, including IPAs, Belgian Ales, Witbiers, and Sours.
|Country of Origin:||Germany|
|Hop Growers Code:||HBC 2007/19/8|
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Hallertau Blanc Flavor And Aroma
Hallertau Blanc is an aroma hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:
Hallertau Blanc Hop Oil Breakdown
Hop oils can vary from year to year and farm to farm but based on our research, here are the typical values we have seen reported. This information comes from various hop farms, The Hop Aroma Compendium, and For The Love Of Hops.
|Alpha Acid % (AA)|
Alpha acids are what is isomerized when boiling to create bitterness in beer.
|9.0% – 12.0%|
|Beta Acid %|
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
|4.5% – 5.5%|
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
|1:1 – 3:1|
|Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha|
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
|22% – 26%|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)|
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
|0% – 3%|
|0% – 2%|
|0% – 1%|
|Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||19% – 50%|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI)|
The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C).
|Data Not Available|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI) Rating||Data Not Available|
Hallertau Blanc Hop Substitutions
Replacing one hop for another is seldom straightforward but sometimes you don’t have the right hop or the right quantity of hops for the beer you want to make. For those situations, we have made a comprehensive list of hops to substitute on brew day.
These substitutions aren’t perfect as hop chemistry is pretty complex.
We wanted to make this list of substitutions with varietals that are easy to find when possible. For Hallertau Blanc, we recommend substituting with the following hops:
For the most part, any hop could have a place in just about any beer style. Based on popular beers, historical usage, and our own preferences, we would recommend using Hallertau Blanc for IPA, New England IPA, Pale Ale, Wheat Beer, Golden Ale. That being said, experiment and see what works best for you.
Hieronymus, Stan. For The Love of Hops. Brewers Publications, 2012
The Hop Aroma Compendium. 2012