Golding hops consist of a group of traditional English aroma varieties which have been cultivated since the early 1700s. Typically, brewers consider these hops to be “quintessentially English,” displaying low alpha and mild, yet versatile aroma characteristics. The Golding cultivar originated in England and was named after villages in East Kent including Petham, Rothersham, Canterbury and Eastwell.
While “Golding” is commonly used in several hop variety names, it is important to note that not all varieties are equal. For example, the traditional English Golding varieties were bred through open pollination and contain genetic differences. These are not to be confused with the more extreme Styrian Golding hops from Slovenia, which are actually part of the Fuggle hop family. These varieties are complementary, but should not be considered the same.
Whitbread Golding Variety (commonly referred to as WGV) is considered to be an outlier of the traditional English Golding family. Originally picked from a variety called Bate’s Brewer, Whitbred Golding Variety was bred circa 1911 and is named after the brewery’s farm that it was planted on, Whitbred Brewery.
Despite having the term “Golding” in its name and being an English varietal, WGV is not considered a true Golding variety. Rather, the relation provides similar citrus and floral characteristics that work well in pale ales, light bitter and wheat beers. In addition, WGV’s aroma has also been described as having fresh earthy notes. This more robust and slightly sweet, hoppy aroma allows it to stand out in additional beer styles such as saisons and beire de gardes. When combined with Fuggle, as is often done, these hops provide a sweet and delicate citrus edge with hints of lemon, orange marmalade, and apricot.
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