Saaz Hop Plant
Saaz Hop Plant
- Origin: Czech Republic
- Primary Use: Aroma
- Height: Tall
- Group:Noble Varieties
- Also Known As: Saazer, Czech Saaz
- Flavour Description: Spicy, citrusy, and floral aroma
- Beer Style Guide: Lager, Wheat & Pilsner
- Season Maturity: Mid Season
- Ease of Harvest: Medium
- Typical Yield: 800 - 1200 kg/hectare
- Wilt Sensitivity: Sensitive
- Powdery Mildew Resistance: Susceptible
- Downy Mildew Resistance: Susceptible
- Hop Mosaic Virus Sensitivity: Unknown
Bare root hop plants are available from late November until early April. Dates will vary depending on the weather and ground conditions however, we hope to start lifting from the field by November 1st.
The best time to transplant hop plants lies during this period whilst the plant is dormant.
Plants in 2 Litre pots are available from May until September.
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Saaz is one of the noble hops (Hallertau, Tettnanger, Spalt, and Saaz) that helped change the world of brewing forever, named after the former Austrian city of Saaz (now in Czech Republic) it helped to define European Lagers and Bohemian Pilsners. Saaz is also grown in Belgium and the United States and has several descendants from New Zealand including Motueka and Riwaka.
The alpha acid content is very low at 2.0%-6.0% making this variety very much for use as an aromatic agent in the beer. The alpha beta ratio is 1:1.5 which is higher than most varieties and is considered to give beer a more delicate bitterness. The aroma from saaz comes from its balanced oils, including a high level of farnesene and results in a seasoned herbal character. Saaz also has a higher content of polyphenols which subsides the oxidation and aging process in beer, giving it a longer shelf life.
Saaz lacks both a strong yield as well as resistance to the crippling mildews. Maturity and Growth Habit are both mixed depending on where it is grown. And it produces small and light cones that can be difficult to harvest. That has not slowed down its demand on the commercial markets, and is a staple to many breweries around the world.