Whitbread Goldings Variety

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General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: England
Noble: No
Uses: bittering or aroma
Beer styles: English ales
Substitutions: Fuggle (British), Styrian Goldings, East Kent Goldings
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 5-8 %
Beta Acids: 2-3.3 %
Cohumulone: 25-43 %
Myrcene: 21-27 %
Humulene: 39-48 %
Caryophyllene: 12-14 %
Farnesene: 1-3 %
Total Oil: 0.8-1.4 %

(%AA/6 Mo/20°C):

60-65 %
Growing Characteristics
Yield: low
Harvest: midseason to late

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

Variously known as Whitbread Goldings Variety, Whitbread Golding Variety, Whitbread's Golding, or simply W.G.V., this hop is not a true Golding hop variety, but a seedling of Bate's Brewer.

W.G.V. provides a distinctive sweet fruit flavour in beers, similar to, but generally more pronounced and robust than, Goldings. It gives a mild, clean bitterness in traditional ales, and is sometimes used with good effect as a distinctive dry hop with a fruity, mild and clean flavor. Used perhaps still in Archer's Bitters, Bellhaven's ale, and Young's.