Purchase Hersbrucker Hops
This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Hersbrucker Hop
Hersbrucker is a noble land variety originating from Southern Germany.
German hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the end of August into September.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Hersbrucker Hops
Hersbrucker is an aroma hop that is typically used in only late boil additions, including dry hopping.
Hersbrucker hops have aroma descriptors that include hay, tobacco and orange.
Brewing Values for Hersbrucker Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Hersbrucker hops over the years. Each year's crop can yield hops that have slightly different qualities, so these number ranges are based on history.
|Alpha Acid % (AA)|
Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in isomerization of more alpha acids leading to increased bitterness. Learn more »
|Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.||2.5-6%4.3% avg|
|Alpha-Beta RatioThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades during aging. 1:1 ratios are common in aroma varieties.||0:1 - 2:11:1 avg|
|Hop Storage Index (HSI)The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C). The freshest hops will always be the best.||40% (Poor) 0.35-0.45|
|Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops may impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer. Learn more »||17-25%21% avg|
|Total Oils (mL/100g)These highly volatile, not very soluble oils are easily boiled off, but add flavor and aroma to the finished beer when added very late in the boil or during fermentation. Learn more »||0.5-1.3 mL0.9mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||15-30%22.5% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||20-30%25% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||8-13%10.5% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||26-57%|
Beer Styles using Hersbrucker Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Hersbrucker hop include Dunkel, Strong Ale, Pilsner, Altbier, Weizenbock, Golden Ale, Marzen, Pale Ale, Wheat, Specialty Ale, Hefeweizen, Light Ale & Lager.
Hersbrucker Hop Substitutions
If the Hersbrucker hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with a similar hop. The old way of choosing replacement hops was done by experience and "feel". There is nothing wrong with that way. However, we wanted to build a data-driven tool to find your Hersbrucker substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Hersbrucker:
Is Hersbrucker available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Hersbrucker hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2), Haas (Lupomax) or Hopsteiner have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. Too bad too - it is pure hop lupulin powder, which leads to huge, concentrated flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.
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