Origin: Germany. Originating as the landrace variety in the Hersbruck Mountains of Franconia, significant
acreage is now under Hersbrucker in Spalt and Hallertau as well.
Usage: Aroma. Hersbrucker is traditional in the lightly-hopped lagers and ales of southern Germany and does excellent work in Munichstyle pale and dark lager, Weissbier, Oktoberfest, and Bock. Its mellow spiciness is also at home in many Belgian ales or more hop-forward lagers like Pils.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Floral and herbal – similar to Mittelfrüh, but with an added element of fruit and more dominant spice component. In a good crop year, Hersbrucker can be a bit more pungent than Mittelfrüh as well. Look for suggestions of dried green herbs, candied citrus, and tree fruit.
Alpha Acid Range: 1.5 – 4.0%
Beta Acid Range: 2.5 – 6.0%
Co-Humulone as % of alpha: 17 – 25
Total oils mL/100 gr.: 0.5 – 1.0
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