Origin and Description

Orion Hops is a descendant of Northern Brewer Hops and a mix between Perle Hops and German male 70/10/15. Challenger Hops is a half sister to Orion, sharing the same male father. Orion s not that common, and acreage is limited, dominantly in Germany.

Orion Hops has a moderate alpha acid content at 8.0%-9.0% and is a dual use hops. The gratifying hoppy aroma comes from the combination of oils that are balanced with the exception of myrcene oil which is especially high. The co-humulone for Orion Hops borders on the low side, and is attributed to its heritage.

Orion Hops is most famous for its appearance in brews from Franskaner Brauerei, but is harder to find on the mass scale. This disease resistant, moderately vigorous hops variety can be found in German beer style ales, and lagers, and is usually substituted with Perle.

Orion Hops Usage

Orion hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
Orion hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

Orion Hops Characteristics

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

Orion Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 8%-9%Orion Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 8 To 9 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 4.94%-5.73%Orion Hops Beta Acid Composition - 4.94 To 5.73 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 25%-29%Orion Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 25 To 29 Percent

Orion Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Orion Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Orion Hops

Orion Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid SeasonOrion Hops - Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Orion Hops is Low to Moderate at 1500 - 1800 kg/hectare
Orion Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate to Vigorous
Orion Hops - Moderate to Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Downy Mildew,Verticillium Wilt,
Orion Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilityOrion Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees COrion Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodOrion Hops - Good Pickability

Orion Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.8-2.1 mls/100 gramsOrion Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.8-2.1 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition41%-56%Orion Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 41-56 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition16.7%-26.1%Orion Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 16.7-26.1 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition6.5%-12.7%Orion Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 6.5-12.7 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Orion Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Orion Hops Substitutes

Perle (GR)Perle Hops was bred by the Hull Hop Research Institute in Germany from a cross between Northern Brewe...
Northern Brewer (GR)Northern Brewer is an England native who is seeing its days live out mainly in Germany and the U.S. There is a separate

Common Beer Styles for Orion Hops

    Beer Style

    Orion Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Franziskaner Brauerei
    Hefe-Weisse Hell
    Franziskaner Brauerei
    Hefe-Weisse Dunkel