Hallertau (or Hallertauer) hops can be slightly confusing. Hallertau is a region in Bavaria, Germany, famous for the titular hop. Hallertau is considered the original lager hop and is one of the four varieties of noble hops. Unlike more modern hop varieties, noble hobs are not selectively bred but, rather, grow wild in the area they’re named after. Noble hops are typically low in alpha acids (low bitterness) and high in aroma.
Because of it’s susceptibility to disease, Hallertau hops were largely replaced by Hersbrucker hops in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Since then, German hop researchers have continued to experiment with the Hallertau strain. Hallertau varieties now include such hops as Magnum, Hallertauer Mittelfruh, Hallertauer Taurus, Hallertauer Aroma, Hallertauer Merkur, Hallertauer Herkules and Hallertauer Tradition. Some varieties, such as Hallertau Perle are given the name simply because they are grown in that region.
Hallertauer Tradition (or just Tradition) hops were bred in 1991 at the Hull Hop Research Institute, which is located in, you guessed it, Hallertau, Germany. Tradition is comprised of Hallertauer Mittelfruh and Saaz hops. It’s known for its aromatic properties with earthy/grassy notes along with sweet nectary fruit and raisins, making it a great choice for late hop/ dry hop additions. This hop is very common in German/European styles including bocks, wheat beers and pilsners.
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