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Czech Republic

What it does :

Saaz is a noble, all-purpose hop that can be used for bittering, flavor, and aroma/finishing additions to your brew kettle. They are especially valuable for dry-hopping additions if desired. You can use Saaz hops to make the following beer styles: Abbey Ale, Amber Lager, Amber Lager, Belgian and French Ale, Belgian-Style Golden Ale, Blonde Ale, Bock, Brown Ale, Czech Pilsener, Dark Lager, German Ale, Helles Bock, Honey Pilsener, India Pale Ale, Kolsch, Lambic, Pale Ale, Pale Lager, Pilsener, Specialty Ale, Strong Ale, Tripel, Wheat Beer. Substitutes for Saaz hops include: Lublin, Spalter, Spalter Select, Sterling, Tettnanger, Ultra.

What it is:

Saaz is a famous Czech hop used to make classic European lagers. Its origin is around the towns of Zatec and Louny in the Czech Republic, where it is still grown. The Saaz hop is highly valued for its delicate floral aroma and slightly spicy, peppery flavor.

Vital Statistics

Alpha Acid (%):

2 - 6

Beta Acid (%):

4.5 - 8

Cohumulone (% of AA):

23 - 26

Total Oils (%v/w):

0.4 - 1

- Myrcene (% of whole oil):

25 - 25

- Humulene (% of whole oil):

15 - 25

- Caryophyllene (% of whole oil):

5 - 8

- Farnesene (% of whole oil):


Stability in storage:



Here is some guidance for your homebrewing hop additions:

  • For bittering, add hops as desired no later then 15 minutes from end of the boil.
  • For aroma, add hops 5-15 minutes from end of the boil.
  • For flavor, add hops 2-5 minutes from the end of the boil.
  • For dry-hop character, add directly to the primary or secondary fermenter.
  • The specific hop amount needed for a 5 gallon (18.9 liter) batch will vary. The main factors that determine the quantity of hops that you need are the alpha acid content of your hops, the boiling time that you select, and the bitterness targets for your recipe.

    Use our Hop Utilization, Hop Bill, and Hop Alpha Acid Loss Calculators to help you do the math to help determine how to best use Saaz hops in your next homebrew recipe.


    In general, you prepare your hops for use in beermaking by:

  • Ensuring that they are stored in sealed containers under refrigeration for maximum freshness prior to use.
  • Pre-measuring the amounts you plan to add for different stages of the wort boil.
  • Note that hops are available to brewers in a variety of forms (whole, plug, pellet).

    Related Links

    Hop Bill
    Hop Utilization
    Hop Alpha Acid Loss
    Weight Conversion
    Color Conversion