Surely one of the world oldest hop varieties, Splat hops date back as far as the 8th century and in the 16th century they were the first variety to be granted the German hop seal – a historically significant certification system predating the current, German Hop Provenance Law. Grown primarily in the Spalt region of Germany, it is one of the original landrace hops.


Not to be confused with its offspring, Spalter Select, Spalt features notes of earth and spice alongside noble aroma qualities and has been likened to Tettnanger and Saaz.

It’s not grown commercially in the US due to its low yield, something that is problematic even in its native Germany. Despite this, the variety is in high demand by brewers and often outstrips supply.

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Also Known As Spalter, Spalt Spalter, Spalter Spalt, German Spalt
Characteristics Earth, spice
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 2.5%-5.7%
Beta Acid Composition 3%-5%
Co-Humulone Composition 22%-29%
Country Germany
Cone Size Small to medium
Cone Density Compact
Seasonal Maturity Early
Yield Amount 1120 kg/ hectare (1000 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Poor
Resistant to Resistant to verticillium wilt and downy mildew
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 50%-60% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest Moderate
Total Oil Composition 0.5-0.9 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 20%-35%
Humulene Oil Composition 20%-30%
Caryophyllene Oil 8%-13%
Farnesene Oil 12%-18%
Substitutes Saaz, Tettnanger, Santiam, Liberty, Hallertau
Style Guide German Ale, Lager, Pilsner, Bock, Kolsch

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