Vanguard hops are a USDA cross with Hallertauer lineage released for cultivation in 1997. Vanguard is an ideal addition in any Belgian Ale. Expect an aroma similar to Hallertauer Mittelfruh with notes of spice, florals and a touch of woodsy flavor. If you’re looking for a substitute for Vanguard pellet or whole hops in your next Lager, Wheat, or Belgian Ale, Hallertauer Mittelfruh works well, but you could also try Liberty or Mt. Hood. See if you can find Dogfish Head Brewery’s Steampunk Porter on tap to get a taste of Vanguard hops.