Hallertau Hallertauer Mittelfrüher

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General Hop Characteristics
Country of Origin: Germany
Noble: Yes
Uses: aroma
Beer styles: Traditional German beers
Chemical Composition
Alpha Acids: 4.1-4.6 %
Beta Acids: 4.7 %
Cohumulone: 23-26 %
Myrcene: 15.5-17.5 %
Humulene: 55.1 %
Caryophyllene: 14.5-14.6 %
Farnesene: less than 0.1 %
Total Oil: 1.0 %

(%AA/6 Mo/20°C):

good %
Growing Characteristics
Yield: low
Harvest: early

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

Hallertauer Mittelfrüher or Hallertauer Mittelfrüh is the landrace cultivar of the Hallertau, the premier hop growing region of Germany. When grown in the Hallertau, these hops are properly called Hallertau Hallertauer Mittelfrüher, but this is usually shortened to Hallertau Hallertauer. However, homebrewers should be aware that "Hallertau Hallertauer" is also sometimes used to describe other aroma hops grown in the Hallertau, especially Hallertauer Gold. These hops are one of four hops almost always considered to be noble hops, and are much prized, especially by continental European brewers, for their flavor and aroma characteristics.

However, because of their extreme susceptibility to verticillium wilt, true Hallertauer Mittelfrüher is disappearing from the Hallertau. This has led to efforts to breed wilt-resistant hops with similar characteristics, to grow the Hallertauer Mittelfrüher in areas outside of the Hallertau, especially in Tettnang, Hersbruck, and Spalt, and to grow other aroma varieties in the Hallertau, with the result that the name "Hallertau" or "Hallertauer", once synonymous with this variety, has been applied to so many hop varieties that it sometimes becomes confusing. See the entry on Hallertau and Hallertauer hop varieties for a fuller explanation.

The true Hallertau Hallertauer Mittelfrüher has the mild, pleasantly spicy aroma and flavor described simply as "noble" and characteristic of the great German lagers.