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Origin: Germany. Released in 2002 by the Hop Research Center in Hüll with a combination of “noble” hop characteristics with good cultivation properties.
Usage: Aroma. As a higher-yielding, more disease-resistant alternative to Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Saphir can be used in many of the same formulations: Belgian ales, Weissbiers, farmhouse ales, as well as traditional continental lagers.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Strongly but pleasantly spicy with sweet, fruity overtones (citrus, red berries). Mild and approachable in the “noble hop” sense