Hops - CZ Saaz

Saaz Hops has changed the world of brewing forever, as it is an esteemed and honored variety that helped to define European Lagers and Bohemian Pilsners. It is a natural variety from Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) that originated from the area around the town of Saaz which is in Bohemia. This hops is also grown in Belgium and the United States and has several descendants from New Zealand including Motueka (B Saaz), and Riwaka (D Saaz). Czech Saaz is highly sought after for use in Czech Pilsners, Lagers, and European and Belgian styles of the same. 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 comes equipped high 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.  

Saaz Hops Usage

Saaz hops is aromatic qualities. Saaz hops is commonly used as as aroma agent in beer.

Saaz Hops Characteristics

Below is a list of characteristics for saaz hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.

Saaz Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 2%-6% Saaz Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 2 To 6 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3%-8% Saaz Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3 To 8 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 24%-28% Saaz Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 24 To 28 Percent

Saaz Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Saaz Lupulin Color Pale Yellow Pale Yellow Lupulin Color for Saaz Hops
Saaz Cone Size Small to Medium Saaz Hop - Small to Medium Cone Size
Saaz Cone Density Loose to Moderate Saaz Hops - Loose to Moderate Cone Density

Saaz Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

Maturity Mid Season Saaz Hops - Mid Season Maturity
Yield Yield for Saaz Hops is Low at 800 - 1350 kg/hectare Saaz Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth Rate Moderate Saaz Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests Susceptible To: Downy Mildew,Powdery Mildew,Wilt;, Saaz Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Poor
Storability Saaz Hops maintains 45%-55% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C Saaz Hops Storability - Poor
Ease of Harvest Poor to Good Saaz Hops - Poor to Good Pickability

Saaz Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition 0.4-0.7 mls/100 grams Saaz Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.4-0.7 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition 20%-42% Saaz Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 20-42 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition 19%-45% Saaz Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 19-45 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition 6%-12% Saaz Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 6-12 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition 11%-15% Saaz Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 11-15 Percent

Saaz Hops Substitutes

Variety Description
Saaz (U.S.) U.S. Saaz was taken as seedling from the venerated Saaz Hops of Czechoslovakia. Saaz in general is a prized arom... Read More...
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Common Beer Styles for Saaz Hops

Beer Style
Specialty Ale
Brown Ale
Belgian-Style Golden Ale
Strong Ale
Pale Ale
Helles Bock
Brown Ale
Amber Lager
India Pale Ale
Czech Pilsner
Honey Pilsner
Blonde Ale