- Dual Purpose
- 🇳🇿 New Zealand
Wakatu hops, also known as New Zealand Hallertau Aroma, are a dual-purpose variety that originated from New Zealand. Released by New Zealand's Plant & Food Research in 1988, Wakatu is a triploid variety that came from an open pollination of Hallertau Mittelfrüh and a New Zealand-derived male. It was renamed Wakatu in 2011. The hops are typically harvested from late February to early April.
Wakatu hops are known for their pronounced earthy-sweet floral Hallertau character underscored by tropical fruit notes. Specific aroma descriptors include restrained floral notes and freshly zested lime. You'll find Wakatu hops to be a versatile addition to your brewing process. They can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process, and their unique flavor profile makes them a standout in multiple, high addition rates in big ales or in gentle gifts to temper the sweetness of a full malt lager. Some popular beer styles that make use of Wakatu hops include Belgian Ale, Lager, Pale Ale, and Pilsner. If Wakatu hops are hard to find, you can substitute them with Hallertau Mittelfrüh or Nelson Sauvin.