Hop Name: Saaz

Common Usage: Aroma

Hop Characteristics
Alpha Range:2 - 5%
Beta Range:2 - 5%
Cohumulone Range:23 - 28%
Humulene Range:19 - 19%
Myrcene Range:42 - 42%
Farnesene Range:15 - 15%
Caryophyllene Range:6 - 6%
Total Oil Range:0.4 - 1 mL/100g
Czech Saaz has forever changed the world of brewing, and it is an esteemed variety that is grown around the world from Belgium to the U.S. and New Zealand. New Zealand has bred several descendants from Saaz including its popular Motueka and Riwaka (B & D Saaz, respectively). Its alpha acid content is low (average 4%), and its alpha to beta ratio is 1:1.5 which is thought to add a more delicate bitterness to the brew. Its high farnesene gives it a warm, herbal character. One of the things that makes Saaz such a popular variety of hops is that its high content of polyphenols abates the oxidation process and gives the beer a longer shelf life. Although not without its difficulties (lower yield, low mildew resistance, light cones) the demand for Saaz has not slowed its commercial demand and enjoys employment in many breweries worldwide.

Commonly used in:
Origin: Czech
Storage: N/A
Very mild, with pleasant earthy, herbal and floral overtones

Possible Substitutions:
Sterling  Ultra  Vanguard  Sladek  Lublin  Saaz  Tettnang  Select  Spalt  Tettnang  Celeia  Sylva  Motueka  Shinshuwase  Star