Northern Brewer (GR) Hop
|Cultivar/Brand ID:||WFB 135|
Purchase Northern Brewer (GR) Hops
This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.
Origin and Geneology of the Northern Brewer (GR) Hop
Northern Brewer was originally developed in England in 1934 but is now largely grown in Germany.
German hops begin to be harvested annually in the fall starting at the end of August into September.
Flavor & Aroma Profile of Northern Brewer (GR) Hops
Northern Brewer (GR) is a bittering hop that is commonly used only to bitter the beer during brewing, and not for too much flavor and aromas.
German Northern Brewer hops have aroma descriptors that include mint, pine and grass. It displays pleasant pine and mint characteristics most in dual purpose brewing applications.
Brewing Values for Northern Brewer (GR) Hops
These are the common ranges that we've seen with Northern Brewer (GR) 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.||3-5%4% 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.||1:1 - 3:12:1 avg|
|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 »||27-33%30% 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 »||1-2.1 mL1.6mL avg|
|Total Oil Breakdown:|
|› MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene)||25-45%35% avg|
|› HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene)||35-50%42.5% avg|
|› CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene)||10-20%15% avg.|
|› FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene)||0-1%0.5% avg|
|› All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene||0-30%|
Beer Styles using Northern Brewer (GR) Hops
Some popular beer styles that make use of the Northern Brewer (GR) hop include English Ale, American Ale, Lager & Porter.
Northern Brewer (GR) Hop Substitutions
If the Northern Brewer (GR) 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 Northern Brewer (GR) substitutions.
Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Northern Brewer (GR):
Is Northern Brewer (GR) available in lupulin powder?
Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Northern Brewer (GR) 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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