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Saaz (American)

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This article discusses a specific variety of hops. For general information about selecting, using or propogating hops, see the main hop page

General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: United States; originally Czech Republic (Bohemia)
Noble: No
Uses: aroma
Beer styles: Pilsners and lagers
Substitutions: Saaz (Czech), Polnischer Lublin, Tettnanger, Ultra, Sterling
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 3-4.5 %
Beta Acids: 3-4.5 %
Cohumulone: 24-28 %
Myrcene: 25-30 %
Humulene: 35-40 %
Caryophyllene: 9-11 %
Farnesene: 9-13 %
Total Oil: 0.5-1.0 %
Storage

(%AA/6 Mo/20°C):

45-55 % %
Growing Characteristics
Yield: variable
Harvest: early

Some American growers also grow a version of the Czech Saazer hop, although American versions are usually considered to lack true noble hop character, with higher myrcene and total oil than true Saaz Saazer.

Saaz is a difficult hop to grow in the United States due to inconsistent yields and susceptibility to disease.