Hop: Saphir


Saphir contains one of the lowest alpha acid contents in the world, therefore it is always used as an aroma hop. A German release in 2000 it contains a fruity profile, unlike many German hop varietals.

Saphir was bred at the Hop Research Center in Hüll, Germany. Similar to much of the hop breeding in Germany it was sought as a substitute to Hallertau to be more disease resistant.

General Information

Aliases Sapphire, Hallertau Saphir, Sappire
Profile Citrus (tangerine), floral with hints of spice.
Country Germany
Substitutes Hallertau, Hallertauer Tradition, Spalter Select
Pairs with Hallertau, Willamette
Purpose Aroma
Yield 1400 - 1700 lbs/acre
Storage Retains 60% - 70% alpha acid contents after 6 months of storage at 68°F.
Beer Styles Belgian Ale, Wheat Ale, German Lagers, Kolsch
Resistant Wilt, powdery mildew, and aphids (tolerant)
Susceptible Downy mildew


Alpha Acid 2.0 - 4.0%
Beta Acid 4.0 - 7.0%
Cohumulone 12.0 - 17.0%


Total Oil 0.8 - 1.4 ml/100g
Myrcene 25.0 - 40.0%
Humulene 20.0 - 30.0%
Caryophyllene 9.0 - 14.0%
Farnesene < 1.0%
Linalool 0.8 - 1.3%

Additional Characteristics

Maturity Early to Middle

Saphir Aroma/Flavor Profile

Fact Sheet(s)


Last Updated
  • 2020-11-24 08:49:40 (Added: 2020-11-24 08:49:40)

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  • Storage: is based on the percentage of alpha acids remaining after 6 months at 20*F.
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