US Hops - NL Warehouse
Willamette is a pillar of the American hop industry. It was first selected in 1967 and was released to the public brewing world in 1976. With aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry, it also gives floral and spicy notes in a brew.
English Ale, American Pale Ale, Lager, Porter, ESB
Blackcurrant, Floral, Spicy, Black Pepper
Released in 1976 from the USDA breeding program, Willamette is a triploid seedling of English Fuggle. For years, it was the most widely grown aroma variety in the US. It is named after Oregon’s Willamette River which runs through the heart of the state’s hop-growing region.
Willamette is a pillar of the American hop industry and is one of the most grown hop varieties in the US. Fuggles in the UK didn’t have a very high yield and USDA wanted to create a high-yielding hop that retained the earthy and spicy aroma of Fuggles.
After several years of testing, six hops were given to a panel to try and unanimously, the committee chose a hop called Columbia. However, the odd part of this story is that their decision was overturned by the chief of brewing who said that Willamette was a closer match to Fuggles.
Before the acceptance of Cascade and the growth of US hop-forward beer styles (helped by Sierra Nevada and others), US hop breeders concentrated on replicating traditional ‘noble’ hop flavours in their beers. Willamette was the culmination of this effort.
When Willamette was released, it became a massive player in the brewing world for both the big brewers and the smaller craft breweries.
Willamette is an extremely versatile hop that has been used in many different big brewery beers over the years, especially Budweiser. Willamette is mostly used as an aroma and flavour hop. There is a range of beers that you can use Willamette to make including stouts, brown ales, pale ales, amber ales, British ales and lots more.
Although most craft brewers use Willamette as an aroma addition, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t an excellent bittering hop. The aroma tones of the hop are lovely and have produced some beautiful beers when used as a late addition, but it has also produced some excellent beers when used in the bittering stages too.
It is worth experimenting with Willamette to find out the perfect time for its addition to your brew. This all depends on the flavours you want, of course. Willamette has lots of characters to add, but they are indeed quite subtle. This can suit some craft beers exceptionally well, but others may need a little fruit and spice which can be added in the form of another aroma hop.
What are Willamette hops good for?
Willamette hops are a variety of hops that are used for their aroma. They have a mild, earthy flavour and are often used in pale ales and other light beers. Willamette hops are also popular for use in brewing Christmas ales and other winter seasonal beers.
What do Willamette hops taste like?
Brewers typically use Willamette hops for their delicate floral and herbal aromas. When used in the boil, Willamette hops will contribute a moderate bitterness with a slightly woody flavour. In the fermentation process, these hops will give off a pleasant apple and pear aroma. Some brewers also use Willamette hops to dry hop their beer, which amplifies the hop flavour and aroma.
What hops are similar to Willamette?
Willamette hops are a variety of hop that is used in brewing beer. It is a descendant of English Golding hops and has a somewhat spicy flavour. Willamette hops are similar to Fuggles hops, which are also an English variety. Fuggles hops have a slightly earthier flavour than Willamette hops and are also used in brewing beer.
What are Azacca hops?
Azacca hops are a relatively new variety of hops that were released in 2014. They are a cross between two other hop varieties, and they have a distinctly tropical flavour that is perfect for IPAs and pale ales. Some brewers have even started using them in lagers and other styles of beer.