Hop: Sunbeam


Sunbeam is a cross from Saaz and open pollination by Dr. Al Haunold in 1990 at the Hop experimental farm, East Farm, Corvallis, OR. Considered an ornamental diploid plant, it was never meant for commercial production, but the Saaz-like aroma makes it great for lagers. The plan is sensitive to sunlight due to reduced chlorophyll content, therefore semi-shade is needed to keep the leaves from shriveling and browning.

General Information

Profile Saaz-like aroma profile.
Country United States
Substitutes Saaz
Purpose Aroma
Yield 405 - 1200 pounds/acre
Beer Styles Pilsner
Resistant Downy mildew (moderate), Verticillium wilt (moderate)


Alpha Acid 5.0 - 7.2%
Beta Acid 2.4 - 5.4%
Cohumulone 17.0 - 36.0%


Total Oil 0.6 - 1.6 ml/100g
Myrcene 33.5 - 68.7%
Humulene 10.9 - 16.9%
Caryophyllene 3.5 - 4.9%
Farnesene 0.3 - 16.1%

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Very good
Maturity Medium early
Sex Female
Leaf Color Lemon yellow with reddish-brown stems
Side Arm Length 12 - 30 inches


Last Updated
  • 2021-09-30 09:10:59 (Added: 2021-09-30 09:10:59)

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