The Hallertau Blanc hop, prominently employed in this month’s featured To Øl Chateau Øl, is a relatively new option for brewers, first commercially released in 2012. A daughter of the Cascade hop, Hallertau Blanc was created by the Hop Research Center Hüll in the Hallertau region of Bavaria, Germany. It was specifically made in response to the growth in America’s craft beer industry, and BSG Hops suggests using them as one might southern-hemisphere hops: in styles like wheat beers, beers with Brettanomyces, Belgian-style ales, and a mélange of IPA and similar. The hops are considered to be on the tropical side of things, with notes of pineapple, passion fruit, fresh lemongrass, gooseberry, and grapefruit.
Almanac Beer Co. has used Hallertau Blanc hops in a wide variety of releases over the years, including in their White Label (paired with California-grown Muscat Blanc grapes, for good measure), various “de Brettaville” releases, and their Flavor Wheel series. Hallertau Blanc is one of the key hops in BrewDog’s Hazy Jane (of the more readily available options), while Stillwater Extra Dry is dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Citra, and Sterling hops. Mikkeller, Grimm, The Kernel, Modern Times, Other Half, and a bunch of other breweries have been experimenting with Hallertau Blanc across a mélange of styles… so keep an eye out. Have a local option with Hallertau Blanc you’re digging? Chime in on Twitter via @RareBeerClub.