Origin and Description

Motueka Hops is another name B Saaz, and was bred in New Zealand using 1/3 Saaz and 2/3 New Zealand variety. Motueka is a triploid variety that was released by the HortResearch Institute in Riwaka in 1997. The name B Saaz comes from the selection by a Belgian brewer, and was later shortened to simply 'B', later renamed to Motueka.

Motueka Hops is an aromatic variety, and brings much of the desirable characteristics from the Czech Saaz variety. The alpha acid content is a low to moderate 6.5%-7.5%. Motueka does not share the low alpha to beta ratio as its parent, but does carry a uniform clean bitterness. The aroma in Motueka is a mix of citrus and nectar fruits, coming from the oils which vary greatly from most varieties. In Motueka Hops, both myrcene and farnesene are at high levels, creating a unique combination. Myrcene is known for its citrus qualities, while farnesene contributes a flowering herbal character. At the same time caryophyllene and humulene oils in Motueka Hops are lower than most other varieties. In the end the result is an exclusive combination for Motueka Hops, and in total makes this variety appropriate for brewing additions from beginning to end in Pilsners and a variety of Ales.

Motueka Hops shares in the freedom of New Zealand's disease free environment. The early harvest after a vigorous harvest in Motueka is a plus. Motueka Hops is still fairly new, but is available on the markets....its not in abundant supply, and the demand seems to match.

Motueka Hops Usage

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

Motueka Hops Characteristics

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

Motueka Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 6.5%-7.5%Motueka Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 6.5 To 7.5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 5%-5.5%Motueka Hops Beta Acid Composition - 5 To 5.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 29%-29%Motueka Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 29 To 29 Percent

Motueka Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Motueka Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Motueka Hops
Motueka Cone SizeSmall to MediumMotueka Hop - Small to Medium Cone Size
Motueka Cone DensityLoose to ModerateMotueka Hops - Loose to Moderate Cone Density

Motueka Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly SeasonMotueka Hops - Early Season Maturity
YieldYield for Motueka Hops is Low at 1200 - 1500 kg/hectare
Motueka Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Motueka Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsMotueka Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityMotueka Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CMotueka Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestPoor to GoodMotueka Hops - Poor to Good Pickability

Motueka Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.8-0.8 mls/100 gramsMotueka Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.8-0.8 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition47.7%-47.7%Motueka Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 47.7-47.7 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition3.6%-3.6%Motueka Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 3.6-3.6 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition2%-2%Motueka Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 2-2 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition12.2%-12.2%Motueka Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 12.2-12.2 Percent

Motueka Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for Motueka Hops

    Beer Style
    German Pilsner
    Czech Pilsner
    Bright Ale

    Motueka Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Murray's Craft Brewing Company
    Elephant Head
    Little Creatures Brewery
    Bright Ale