Tettnanger hops originate from the traditional German landrace variety, primarily cultivated around Lake Constance in Tettnang, Germany. Belonging to the Saaz group, these hops benefit from the unique combination of the region’s favorable climate and sandy clay soils. Tettnanger hops are known for their resistance to plant diseases and are widely utilized in lager beer styles.
This hop variety offers a mild and pleasant aroma with slightly spicy undertones. Tettnanger hops feature notes of fresh herbs, grass, dried flowers, citrus peel, and black tea, making it somewhat more intense than Hallertau while maintaining balance.
Tettnanger hops are well-suited for various beer styles, including traditional German lagers, Bavarian styles, Weissbiers, and German and Belgian ales.
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Hop Growers Code:||TET|
Where To Buy Tettnang (US) Hops
Tettnang (US) Flavor And Aroma
Tettnang (US) is an aroma hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:
Tettnang (US) 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.
|4% – 5%|
|Beta Acid %|
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
|3% – 4.5%|
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
|1:1 – 2:1|
|Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha|
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
|20% – 25%|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)|
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
|0.4mL – 0.8mL|
|3% – 45%|
|18% – 23%|
|6% – 7%|
|5% – 8%|
|Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||17% – 41%|
|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 55%-60% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF).|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI) Rating||Poor|
Tettnang (US) 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 Tettnang (US), 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 Tettnang (US) 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