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What it does :

Spalter is a noble, all-purpose hop that can be used for bittering, flavor, and aroma/finishing additions to your brew kettle. It is especially valuable for adding flavor and aroma. You can use Spalter hops to make the following beer styles: Abbey Ale, Amber Lager, American Wheat, Belgian India Pale Ale, Belgian and French Ale, Bock, Dark Lager, Dusseldorf Altbier, German Ale, German Lager, Hefeweizen, Helles Bock, Lambic, Munich Helles, Pale Ale, Pale Lager, Pilsener, Pilsener, Strong Ale, Wheat Beer. Substitutes for Spalter hops include: Hallertauer, Saaz, Santiam, Spalter Select, Tettnanger.

What it is:

Spalter is a traditional German hop and considered one of the finest noble aromatic hops. It is named for the Spalt region southwest of Nurnberg where it has been grown for many generations. Its character is similar to Tettnanger. The Spalter hop variety has a very refined, pleasant, and slightly spicy, flowery aroma and flavor, with a clean finish.

Vital Statistics

Alpha Acid (%):

3 - 7.5

Beta Acid (%):

3 - 5

Cohumulone (% of AA):

22 - 29

Total Oils (%v/w):

0.5 - 0.9

- Myrcene (% of whole oil):

20 - 20

- Humulene (% of whole oil):

20 - 30

- Caryophyllene (% of whole oil):

8 - 13

- 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 Spalter 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