When you think of European noble hop varieties, you think of the Czech Saaz variety. When the variety moved to the U.S., it got an attitude and rebelled from its aristocratic roots. U.S. Saaz is still a great substitute for Czech Saaz hops. With its higher cohumulone and alpha acid, it packs a bit of a punch and comes across somewhat stronger and more “American” than the Saaz of yore. That has to be taken into account when using it in place of Czech Saaz, but we have plenty of customers who do that all the time. What do we mean by “somewhat stronger and more American”? Well, Imagine a Catholic priest riding through gently rolling hills in countryside on a beautiful summer day. Now imagine he’s riding a Harley Fatboy with some Bruce Springsteen on the radio and you get the idea.

  • Aroma: Earthy, spicy, and herbal
  • Maturity: Early Season
  • Yield: 600 – 1000 lbs/acre

Beers we found on the Interwebs that reportedly use Saaz hops:

Rogue Brewing Co. Dead Guy Ale
Sebago Brewing Co. Sebago Smoked Ale
Old World Brewery Old World Wit
La Jolla Brewhouse Blond

Typical Analytical Range
Alpha Acid Range %: 3-4.5%
Beta Acid Range %: 3-4.5%
Co-Humulone as % of alpha: 24-28%
Total Oils mls/100gr.: 0.5-1% ml/100gr

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