Origin and Description

Willamette Hops was named after the mighty river that pours through the Willamette Valley in North Western Oregon. Willamette Hops was developed and released by the U.S.D.A in 1976 and has taken root on the craft brewing industry and accounts for about 20% of total U.S. hops acreage. Pow! Willamette Hops was a triploid seedling of Fuggle, which is a quintessential English variety that has shaped decades of beer brewing.

Willamette Hops is an aroma variety with a low alpha acid content at 4.0%-6.0%. Although Willamette can contribute slightly to the bittering of a homebrew or craft beer, Willamette dominates its usage for its flavor and aroma. Of the oils in Willamette, myrcene (30.0%-55.0%), humulene (20.0%-30.0%), as well as farnesene (5.0%-6.0%) are all elevated above the norm. This results in a delicate peppery herbaceous spice that has both fruit and floral essence. yum.

Since its introduction, Willamette Hops has been growing in demand as well as supply. It is one of the most common aroma hops used in the United States. And brewers that use it seem to use it a lot. Willamette Hops is on the low side of the yield range producing 1340-1700 lbs/acre. And the small to medium size cones are somewhat loose, which impacts harvesting. Early to mid season marks the time when Willamette Hops cones are ready for bailing and drying, and this comes after a vigorous growing cycle. Despite its susceptibility to mildew and wilt Willamette proves to be a foundation of modern craft brewing in the U.S. and abroad.

Willamette Hops Usage

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

Willamette Hops Characteristics

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

Willamette Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 4%-6%Willamette Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 4 To 6 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3%-4%Willamette Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3 To 4 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 30%-35%Willamette Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 30 To 35 Percent

Willamette Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Willamette Lupulin ColorYellow to Dark YelloYellow to Dark Yellow Lupulin Color for Willamette Hops
Willamette Cone SizeSmall to MediumWillamette Hop - Small to Medium Cone Size
Willamette Cone DensityLoose to ModerateWillamette Hops - Loose to Moderate Cone Density

Willamette Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly to Mid SeasonWillamette Hops - Early to Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Willamette Hops is Low at 1340 - 1700 kg/hectare
Willamette Hops - Low Crop Yields
Growth RateVigorous
Willamette Hops - Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsSusceptible To:
Verticillium Wilt,Powdery Mildew,
Resistent To:
Prunus Necrotic Ring-Spot Virus,Downy Mildew,
Willamette Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Poor to Moderate
StorabilityWillamette Hops maintains 60%-65% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CWillamette Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodWillamette Hops - Good Pickability

Willamette Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1-1.5 mls/100 gramsWillamette Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1-1.5 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition30%-55%Willamette Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 30-55 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition20%-30%Willamette Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 20-30 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition6.5%-8.2%Willamette Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 6.5-8.2 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition5%-6%Willamette Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 5-6 Percent

Willamette Hops Substitutes

Fuggle (U.S.)Fuggle Hops found in the U.S. can trace their roots (rhizomes) back to the Fuggle variety discovered in E...
Tettnanger (US)American Tettnanger Hops gets its heritage from a clone of Swiss Tettnanger, which originated from the variety found naturally from the Tettnanger region in Ger...
Styrian GoldingStyrian Golding Hops, also called Savinja Golding, is a traditional hops grown primarily in Slovenia, and also Austria. Savinja/Styrian Golding is not a part o...

Common Beer Styles for Willamette Hops

    Beer Style
    Brown Ale
    Pale Ale
    Golden Ale
    Irish Red Ale
    Nut Brown Ale
    Cornish Ale
    India Pale Ale
    Extra Special Ale
    Specialty Ale
    Whiskey Porter
    Rye Ale
    Honey Wheat
    Holiday Ale
    Blonde Ale
    Hazelnut Porter
    Chocolate Coffee Stout
    Oatmeal Stout
    Imperial Stout
    Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
    Pale Rye Ale
    Amber Ale
    Cream Ale

    Willamette Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Montana Brewing Company
    Brown Ale
    Prescott Brewing Company
    Prescott Pale Ale
    Walnut Brewery and Restaurant
    Buffalo Gold
    Walnut Brewery and Restaurant
    Old Elk Brown Ale
    Walnut Brewery and Restaurant
    Big Horn Bitter
    Walnut Brewery and Restaurant
    St. James Irish Red Ale
    Santa Fe Brewing Company
    Sante Fe Pale Ale
    Santa Fe Brewing Company
    Sante Fe Stout
    Santa Fe Brewing Company
    State Pen Porter
    Santa Fe Brewing Company
    Santa Fe Nut Brown
    St Austell Brewery
    St Austell Brewery
    Proper Job
    St Austell Brewery
    Tamarack Brewing Company
    Lakeside ESP
    Brown's Brewing Company
    Cherry Raspberry Ale
    Brown's Brewing Company
    Whiskey Porter
    Brown's Brewing Company
    Oatmeal Stout
    Brown's Brewing Company
    Golden Rye Ale
    Cumberland Brewery
    Honey Wheat
    Bedford Brewing Company
    Holiday Special Ale
    Bedford Brewing Company
    West Coast Blonde
    Dockside Brewing Company
    Cartwright Pale Ale
    Dockside Brewing Company
    Pelican Bay Brown
    Sea Dog Brewing Company
    Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter
    Big Sky Brewing Company
    Moose Drool
    Bison Brewing Company
    Salmon Creek Brewery and Pub
    India Pale Ale
    Salmon Creek Brewery and Pub
    Irish Red
    Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
    Kilt-Dropper Scotch Ale
    Pelican Brewery
    MacPelican Scottish Ale
    Aviator Brewing Company
    One Hundred IPA
    Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales
    Squall IPA
    Southern Tier Brewing Company
    Southern Tier Brewing Company
    Oat Imperial Oatmeal Stout
    Grand Teton Brewing Company
    Cellar Reserve Imperial Stout
    23rd St. Brewery
    Wave The Wheat Ale
    Three Barrel Brewing Company
    Goofy Foot Pale Ale
    Sebago Brewing Company
    Scottish Ale
    Sebago Brewing Company
    Whiskey Porter
    Sebago Brewing Company
    Mahogany ESB
    Real Ale Brewing Company
    Full Moon Pale Rye Ale
    Wylam Brewery
    Gold Tankard
    Kona Brewing Company
    Duke's Blonde Ale
    Big Head Brewery
    Red Rooster Ale
    Roosters Brewing Company
    Heavenly Cream Ale
    Legend Brewing Company
    Pale Ale
    Legend Brewing Company