This Australian bred hop has a decidedly German character from parent varietal Hallertauer Mittelfruh. Helga was a product of open pollination of a Hallertauer Mittelfruh female, and was formerly known as Southern Hallertau. After its commercial release in the late 1980s, Helga began gaining popularity among craft brewers in the late 1990s for its versatility as a dual purpose ingredient.
With an alpha acid range of just 5% to 7.5%, the bittering quality is not strong, but apparent in beers like Belgian and American Ales. A delicate floral, herbaceous aroma carries a bit of spice for a depth that works well in darker Lagers. If you have difficulty finding Helga hops for your brew, consider substituting with parent Hallertauer Mittelfruh. Get a taste of Helga in craft brews like Eagle Rock Brewery’s Bitter Helga ESB.
|Flavor and Aroma||Earthy, Herbal|