Hop Profile: Spalt - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Hop Profile

Updated on March 27, 2016

Hop Profile: Spalt

Spalt, also called Spalter Spalt, comes from the Saaz hop family. Much like its German Tettnanger and Saaz brothers, Spalt is also a noble hop with a low co-humolone content. What makes Spalt hops so special are its essential oils, like farmesene, which aren't found in many other hop varieties. That makes for some very interesting German brews, like Kolsch, Altbiers, Bocks, and more. It's a rare, hard-to-find hop for most homebrewers.

    1. Origin

      The traditional Spalt hop is grown in a town called Spalt, in Bavaria. The growth of Spalt hops can be traced back as early as the 8th century; in 1538, according to For the Love of Hops, Prince Bishop of Eichstatt granted Spalt the first German hop seal. In the 1800s, Spalt was considered the premium German hop and demanded high prices.
    2. Characteristics

      Spalt is used primarily for aroma, but can be used for bittering and finishing additions. Its unique aroma differentiates it from Saaz and Tettnanger.
    3. Vital Statistics

      Typical Use: aroma Alpha Acid: 4% - 5% Country: Germany Styles: Abbey Ales, Amber Lagers, Bocks, Lagers, German Ales, Lambics, Pale Lagers, Pilseners Flavors: Spicy, woody, tarragon, lavender, cedarwood, smoked bacon Similar Hops: Saaz, Tettnanger, Hallertauer