Origin and Description

Smaragd Hops, translated as Emerald, comes from the Hop Research Institute in Hull German. Smaragd is a recent addition to this infinitely large and perceivably small world of brewing earth's nectar. Smaragd Hops introduction comes around the same time as the debut as Opal and Saphir, which is around the turn of the century, and are all considered noble-like hops due to their low co-humulone contributions.

Smaragd Hops is an aroma variety and has a low alpha acid content at 4.0%-6.0%. The bitterness from Smaragd comes through, and is considered balanced and noticeable. The oils in Smaragd Hops highlight an elevation of humulene oil, reaching 30.0%-50.0%. Humulene occurs naturally in other plants including Basil and Clove and is itself associated with a woodsy spicy flavor, while the aroma is herbaceous. Smaragd Hops, with the other oils combined, has a flowery, fruity fragrance.

Smaragd Hops is new and is difficult to find in many commercial beers. The mid to late harvest of this variety is after a growing season that is resistant to wilt, downy mildew, and powdery mildew. Smaragd has some characteristics that are close to Hallertauer Tradition, including the alpha acid, co-humulone content, and fragrance. With that said, Smaragd is going to be ideal for German-style Lagers and Pilsners.

Smaragd Hops Usage

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

Smaragd Hops Characteristics

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

Smaragd Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 4%-6%Smaragd Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 4 To 6 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3.5%-5.5%Smaragd Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3.5 To 5.5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 13%-18%Smaragd Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 13 To 18 Percent

Smaragd Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Smaragd Lupulin ColorPale YellowPale Yellow Lupulin Color for Smaragd Hops

Smaragd Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid to Late SeasonSmaragd Hops - Mid to Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Smaragd Hops is Low to Moderate at 1651 - 1651 kg/hectare
Smaragd Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateUnknown
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Wilt,Downy Mildew,Powdery Mildew,
Smaragd Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate to Excellent
StorabilitySmaragd Hops maintains 60%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CSmaragd Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestUnknownUnknown

Smaragd Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition0.4-0.8 mls/100 gramsSmaragd Hops - Total Oil Compensation 0.4-0.8 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition20%-40%Smaragd Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 20-40 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition30%-50%Smaragd Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 30-50 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition9%-14%Smaragd Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 9-14 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Smaragd Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Smaragd Hops Substitutes

Hallertauer TraditionHallertauer Tradition is another invention of the Hull Hop Research Institute in Germany, and was bred for is resistance and tolerance to disease and fungus. I...

Common Beer Styles for Smaragd Hops

    Beer Style
    India Pale Ale

    Smaragd Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Bells Brewery