Hops for Märzen?

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LloydGM

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I have a good recipe for old Märzen which uses Saaz hops, but I think my IBU is a tad low (8-ish). I was thinking of maybe trying Hallertauer or Tettnanger this Christmas.

Thoughts & opinions?
 

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BJCP guidelines call for 18 - 24 IBUs. You can get that from Saaz as well as any other.
 
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Aye, got that part down pat. :) I can hit 20 with larger amounts of Saaz, but it's a tad too hoppy and decreasing it makes it a tad too malty...I can't seem to get the perfect balance which is why I was looking for others' opinions.
 

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Sterling is an American, higher-alpha version of Saaz with the possibility for some Cascade-like citrus, but I use it a lot and only get that when I use it in higher quantities. You could use it as a FWH on its own for a Marzen.
 

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Motueka is my go-to hop for Euro lagers, when I need a bit more bittering power and noble-style character. It sits around 7% instead of 4%.
 
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