Hop: Saaz


Saaz, a noble hop, is low in alpha acids but is still used for bittering quite often. Saaz was officially registered in 1952 but dates back at least 700 years, originating in the Czech Republic. It is one of the original noble hops. Saaz has issue with disease and low growth rate.

General Information

Aliases Czech Saaz, Saazer, Czech Saazer
Profile Noble, Herbal, earthy, and floral notes.
Country Czechoslovakia
Substitutes Amarillo®, Centennial, Saaz (US), Sterling
Purpose Aroma
Yield 714 - 1071 lbs/acre
Storage Retains 45%-50% alpha acid contents after 6 months of storage at 68°F.
Beer Styles Lager, Wheat Ale
Resistant Verticillium wilt
Tolerant Downy mildew, powdery mildew


Alpha Acid 2.0 - 5.0%
Beta Acid 4.0 - 6.0%
Cohumulone 0.4 - 0.7 mg/100g


Total Oil 24.0 - 28.0%
Myrcene 25.0 - 42.0%
Humulene 15.0 - 30.0%
Caryophyllene 6.0 - 9.0%
Farnesene 14.0 - 20.0%
Linalool 0.4 - 0.6%
B-Pinene 0.4 - 0.8%
Geraniol 0.2%

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Moderate
Cones Small to medium size with loose to moderate density.
Maturity Medium early
Sex Female
Leaf Color Medium green
Side Arm Length 6" - 10"

Saaz Aroma/Flavor Profile

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Last Updated
  • 2020-11-24 08:42:10 (Added: 2020-11-24 08:42:10)

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  • Storage: is based on the percentage of alpha acids remaining after 6 months at 20*F.
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