Origin and Description

Saphir Hops, sometimes called Saphire, Sapphire, or Hallertau Saphir, was bred from the Hops Research Institute in Hull Germany. It is a cross between two of the newer varieties from the program....83/17/20 and 80/56/6. It was created around the same time as Opal and Smaragd Hops, all of which are noble-like varieties with extremely low co-humulone.

Saphir Hops has a very low alpha acid content at 2.0%-5.0%, making it one of the lowest alpha hops in the world. Saphire has more than double the beta acid content. The very low co-humulone content really illustrates part of the presumed agenda from the breeding program in Hull, to create more varieties in the noble family, and comes in at 11.0%-17.0%. The oils are balanced in Saphir, with the exception of a commonly low farnesene. Saphir Hops is compared to Hallertauer Mittlefrueh, which is closely associated with German style beers and has been a trade mark of German Style Lagers. The bitterness is naturally very low with Saphir, and the real contribution from this hops is on the aroma side. Bringing a sweet citrus bouquet to the pot or fermentation tank, Saphir can be used throughout the brewing process.

Saphir Hops is one of the newer hop varieties from German, that is taking over some of the growing acreage of Hallertauer Mittlefrueh. Despite the switch in 2008 in Germany to producing more bittering hop varieties, this variety is on the increase as far as production and consumption. It is resistant to many of the most disastrous disease and mildew including wilt, downy mildew, and powdery mildew.

Saphir Hops Usage

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

Saphir Hops Characteristics

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

Saphir Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 2%-5%Saphir Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 2 To 5 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 6%-7%Saphir Hops Beta Acid Composition - 6 To 7 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 11%-17%Saphir Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 11 To 17 Percent

Saphir Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Saphir Lupulin ColorPale YellowPale Yellow Lupulin Color for Saphir Hops

Saphir Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly to Mid SeasonSaphir Hops - Early to Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Saphir Hops is Low to Moderate at 1557 - 1557 kg/hectare
Saphir Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateUnknown
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSaphir Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilitySaphir Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CSaphir Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestUnknownUnknown

Saphir Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.8-1.5 mls/100 gramsSaphir Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.8-1.5 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition24%-40%Saphir Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 24-40 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition20%-30%Saphir Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 20-30 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition9%-14%Saphir Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 9-14 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Saphir Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Saphir Hops Substitutes

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...

Common Beer Styles for Saphir Hops

    Beer Style
    Belgian Strong Ale
    California Common
    German Lager

    Saphir Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Victory Brewing Company
    Sapphire Belgian Strong Ale
    Victory Brewing Company
    Sapphire Edelbock
    Schneider Weisse
    Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse
    Brouwerij De Molen
    Lafayette Brewing Company
    Ouiatenon Wit Beer