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 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%|
|Beta Acid Composition||5%-5.5%|
Motueka Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Motueka Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|Motueka Cone Size||Small to Medium|
|Motueka Cone Density||Loose to Moderate|
Motueka Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Yield||Yield for Motueka Hops is Low at 1200 - 1500 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
|Storability||Motueka Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Poor to Good|
Motueka Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||0.8-0.8 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||47.7%-47.7%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||3.6%-3.6%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||2%-2%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||12.2%-12.2%|
Motueka Hops Substitutes
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Common Beer Styles for Motueka Hops
Motueka Hops Use in Commercial Beers
|Website||Brewing Company & Beer or Product|
|Murray's Craft Brewing Company|
|Little Creatures Brewery|