Perle Hops was bred by the Hull Hop Research Institute in Germany from a cross between Northern Brewer and 63/5/27M. Perle Hops was introduced in 1978 is one of the most popular varieties grown in Germany, as this variety is used widely in commercial beers around the region. Perle has done well due to its versatility and resistance to wilt, mildew, and disease.
Perle Hops is also grown in the United States, but the originated in Germany. The Perle hops variety has a healthy bitterness with an alpha acid rating of 5.9%-9.5%. It is a fairly high alpha variety for the region. Perle has a spicy character, and the aroma is moderate and pleasing in beer. It is compared to Hallertau Mittelfrüh. The co-humulone content is low like most of the hops varieties from the region.
The German Perle hops variety is on the low side as far as yield when compared to varieties around the globe, however its disease tolerance and demand will keep it at the forefront for a long time to come. The small to medium size cones are ready mid to late season after a moderately vigorous growing cycle. Perle is a premium choice for brewing German style beer such as Pilsners, Lagers, Alts, Dunkles and more....