Saaz Special – another hop variety recommended for Czech beer
Keywords:Czech beer, hop varieties, Saaz Special, sensory profile of beer, hop essential oils
The specification of varietal profiles of secondary metabolites of hops in beer is rather important for hop growing and beer brewing. Chemical and sensory profiles of beers hopped with the varieties of Saaz Special and the traditional Saaz semiearly red bine hops (Saaz) were compared in three-year pilot brews (200 L). Single kettle hopped beers and single kettle + dry hopped beers were prepared. The overall sensory impression of the Saaz Special beers was comparable to Saaz hops. The profile of essential oils and hop aromas/flavours in the beer was partially different, but the hop aroma did not receive a worse rating than Saaz. The Saaz Special dry hopped beers were clearly distinguished from Saaz in triangle tests, but no preference was given to either variety. Based on the achieved results, the Saaz Special variety was listed among varieties recommended for the production of the beer with the Protected Geographical Indication of Czech Beer thanks to the achieved results.
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