Origin and Description

Hersbrucker Hops was the gift of the earth from the Hersbruck district in Hallertau Germany. This variety, found from natural selection, has been taking over acreage from the original Hallertau Hops variety due to its more favorable resistance to disease and fungus.

Hersbrucker Hops is similar to the noble hop varieties with its low co-humulone level. It is a definitive aroma variety with an alpha acid rating of 2.0%-5.0%. Hersbrucker Hops is a versatile one used in a great number of German style beers. Its essential oils rest in balance within the cone, and bring a mix of fruit and spice mixed with floral character.

Hersbrucker is moderately tolerant of Verticillium Wilt, which has helped to make its success, which boomed around the 1970's and 80's. As with many varieties from the region, its yield is on the low side (although stronger than others) ranging from 1400-1800 lbs/acre. The medium size and moderately compact cones are harvested late in the season.

Hersbrucker Hops is world renowned and sought after around the globe. Its mostly used for the finishing touches on German and Bavarian style Lagers and Pilsners, and has also made its place known in Hefeweizens, Dunkles, and Bock beers.

Hersbrucker Hops Usage

Hersbrucker hops is aromatic qualities.
Hersbrucker hops is commonly used as as aroma agent in beer.

Hersbrucker Hops Characteristics

Below is a list of characteristics for hersbrucker hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.

Hersbrucker Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 2%-5%Hersbrucker Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 2 To 5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 4%-6%Hersbrucker Hops Beta Acid Composition - 4 To 6 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 19%-25%Hersbrucker Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 19 To 25 Percent

Hersbrucker Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Hersbrucker Lupulin ColorDark YellowDark Yellow Lupulin Color for Hersbrucker Hops
Hersbrucker Cone SizeMediumHersbrucker Hop - Medium Cone Size
Hersbrucker Cone DensityModerateHersbrucker Hops - Moderate Cone Density

Hersbrucker Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityLate SeasonHersbrucker Hops - Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Hersbrucker Hops is Low at 1400 - 1800 kg/hectare
Hersbrucker Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Hersbrucker Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Downy Mildew,
Resistent To:
Verticillium Wilt,
Hersbrucker Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityHersbrucker Hops maintains 55%-65% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CHersbrucker Hops Storability - Poor to Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodHersbrucker Hops - Good Pickability

Hersbrucker Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.5-1.3 mls/100 gramsHersbrucker Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.5-1.3 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition10%-25%Hersbrucker Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 10-25 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition15%-35%Hersbrucker Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 15-35 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition7%-15%Hersbrucker Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 7-15 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Hersbrucker Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Hersbrucker Hops Substitutes

Mount HoodMt Hood is another descendant of the Hallertau family of Hops and is specifically a cross between a colchicine induced tetraploid Hallertau Mittelfrueh and USDA...
StrisselspaltStrisselspalt Hops is one of the few varieties from France, and other varieties from the country include Elsasser Hops, Precoce de Bourgogne, and Tardif de Bou...
Hallertauer MittelfrühHallertauer Mittelfrüh is one of the noble hop varieties that originates from Germany. It has been on the decline in terms of production as it is being replac...
LibertyLiberty Hops is an extension of the Hallertau family of hops and was bred in 1983 from Hallertauer Mittlefrüh and a disease (Downy Mildew, Verticillium Wilt) r...

Common Beer Styles for Hersbrucker Hops

    Beer Style
    Strong Ale
    Golden Ale
    Pale Ale
    Specialty Ale
    Light Ale

    Hersbrucker Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Altes Wolfshoher
    Extra Strong Vintage Ale
    Porterhouse Brewing Company
    Brasserie la Choulette
    La Choulette de Noel
    Bride Port Brewing Company
    Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe
    Harpoon Brewery
    Atlas Brewery
    Latitude Cask Pilsner
    Ramsbury Brewery
    Flying Dog Brewery
    Dogtoberfest Marzen
    Storm Brewing Company
    Pale Gale Ale
    Millstream Brewing Company
    Iowa Pale Ale
    Iceni Brewery
    Rasberry Wheat
    Duclaw Brewing Company
    13 Degrees
    Boulder Dam Brewing Company
    Lake Mead Light