Noble Hops Help Define German Style Bier

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July 28, 2014 by Prost Brewing

Hop flowers on the vine.

The biers you’ll find at Prost Brewing are distinctive in their flavor profiles, and unlike anything else you can get at other Denver taprooms. They all exude complex flavors and character, but lack the aggressive bitterness that accompanies some other styles. This hallmark of German style bier is a big part of what makes it so approachable and enjoyable to a wide range of bier drinkers. Hops are the brewing ingredient that has the greatest influence on creating bier that’s aromatic and flavorful while showing restraint on the bitterness scale.

Hops are the female flowers of the plant humulus lupulus, and are used in brewing for their antiseptic qualities and for the flavor and aroma they give to a bier. There are many varieties of hops, each with different levels of bittering quality and different flavors and aromas they impart to the finished product. German style biers are brewed with noble hop varieties, which are low in bitterness and high in aroma. Varieties of noble hops are named for the region in which they were discovered and first used in brewing.

At Prost Brewing, we use noble hops like Hallertau, Tettnanger, and Saaz to produce our authentic German style biers, just like breweries in Germany have been doing for centuries. What you’ll find are biers that are low in bitterness, but contain hops flavors that may be described as floral, grassy, earthy or spicy. Of course, each style we brew is unique, and the overall flavor profile will vary from bier to bier. Some feature prominent hops flavors, others are dominated more by the malt profile. Each is delicious, and we encourage you to explore all the excellent German style biers we offer. Prost!


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