Origin and Description

Northern Brewer Hops is an England native who is seeing its days live out mainly in Germany and the U.S. There is a separate U.S. hops variety that was bred in the United States that has similar properties. This dual use hops had a higher alpha acid content for the time, however super alphas have doubled, even tripled the content since back in the day. With that said Northern Brewer hops grown in Germany, sometimes referred to as Hallertau Northern Brewer if grown in the region, has made its mark and is used throughout beer styles such as European Ales, Lagers, and Pilsners. It is also synonymous with steam beers as in Anchor Steam.

Northern Brewer hops is used for both bittering and aroma additions in the kettle. It has an alpha acid content of 7.0%-10.0% and is a well rounded variety. The bitterness is moderate and the aroma comes off as plump. As one of Germany's main high alpha hops, Northern Brewer is both versatile yet refined.

Northern Brewer hops yields moderately loose medium size cones early to mid season. This hops variety does not share the resilience to protect itself from downy or powdery mildew, but does store well at 70%-80% alpha acid retention after 6 months at 20 degrees Celsius. Bittburger and Anchor are only a few of the commercial breweries who are paying attention to this variety.

Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Usage

Northern Brewer (GR) hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
Northern Brewer (GR) hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Characteristics

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

Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 7%-10%Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 7 To 10 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3.5%-5%Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3.5 To 5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 28%-33%Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 28 To 33 Percent

Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Northern Brewer (GR) Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Northern Brewer (GR) Hops
Northern Brewer (GR) Cone SizeMediumNorthern Brewer (GR) Hop - Medium Cone Size
Northern Brewer (GR) Cone DensityLoose to ModerateNorthern Brewer (GR) Hops - Loose to Moderate Cone Density

Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly to Mid SeasonNorthern Brewer (GR) Hops - Early to Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Northern Brewer (GR) Hops is Low to Moderate at 1600 - 2150 kg/hectare
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Northern Brewer (GR) Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsNorthern Brewer (GR) Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Poor
StorabilityNorthern Brewer (GR) Hops maintains 70%-80% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CNorthern Brewer (GR) Hops Storability - Moderate to Excellent
Ease of HarvestGoodNorthern Brewer (GR) Hops - Good Pickability

Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.6-2.1 mls/100 gramsNorthern Brewer (GR) Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.6-2.1 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition30%-35%Northern Brewer (GR) Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 30-35 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition25%-30%Northern Brewer (GR) Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 25-30 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition8%-10%Northern Brewer (GR) Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 8-10 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Northern Brewer (GR) Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

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Common Beer Styles for Northern Brewer (GR) Hops

    Beer Style
    Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
    English Pale Ale
    Munich Helles
    California Common

    Northern Brewer (GR) Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Gamla Slottskällans Bryggeri
    Bittburger Brewery
    Premium Pils
    Panimoravintola Koulu Brewery
    Anchor Brewing Company
    Anchor Steam
    World Top Brewery
    Big Sky Bitter
    Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven
    La Trappe Bockbier