Hallertau Taurus hops are a late maturing hop variety bred in the Hop Research Center Hüll in Bavaria’s Hallertau region of Germany. It has a high alpha acid content ranging from 12% to 17%, making it well-suited for bittering in German-style lagers. It was released in 1995 as a dual-use hop but gained popularity mainly for its bittering qualities. Its aroma is delicate and floral, but brewers typically do not use it as an aroma hop.
Hallertau Taurus hops have the highest amount of xanthohumol of any hop in the world, which is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that has been studied for its potential health benefits.
|Country of Origin:||Germany|
|Hop Growers Code:||HTU 88/55/13|
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Hallertau Taurus Flavor And Aroma
Hallertau Taurus is a dual-purpose hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:
spice, pepper, curry
Hallertau Taurus 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.
|12.3% – 17.9%|
|Beta Acid %|
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
|4% – 6%|
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
|2:1 – 4:1|
|Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha|
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
|23% – 25%|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)|
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
|0.9mL – 1.5mL|
|30% – 31%|
|0% – 1%|
|Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||28% – 34%|
|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).
|Retains 65% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF).|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI) Rating||Fair|
Hallertau Taurus 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 Taurus, 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 Taurus 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