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Sterling’s citrus-meets-Saaz character enhances lagers, Belgian ales, and wheats.

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Alpha Acid Range %
6.0 - 9.0
Beta Acid Range %
4.0 - 6.0
Co-Humulone as % of Alpha
22 - 28
Total Oil mL/100 g
1.3 - 1.9


Breeding/Development: USA. Sterling’s pedigree includes Saaz, Cascade, Brewers Gold, Early Green, and other European varieties. It was released in 1998 as a higher-alpha replacement for Saaz with improved disease resistance and storability.

Brewing Application: Dual purpose: although primarily used for its exciting, pleasant aromatics, Sterling’s alpha acid levels can contribute in the kettle as well. A good choice for hop-forward lagers, Belgian ales, and other continental styles.

Sensory: Moderate and pleasingly “hoppy.” Prominent herbal quality reminiscent of Saaz, with flashes of candied citrus, sweet grass, bright spice, and dried hay.

Botanical Classification:
Family: Cannabaceae
Genus: Humulus
Species: Lupulus

Maturity: Early

Yield: 1400 – 1600 lbs/acre