Hop: Universal


Universal has an unknown heritage but it expected to be a Saaz clone. Developed at the Hop Research Institute in Zatec, Czechoslovakia. No longer grown commercially in Czechoslovakia but grown in the United States since 1988, becoming a darling on the craft beer since since the 1990s.

General Information

Profile Pleasant noble aroma: earthiness, spice, and floral. Mild bitterness.
Country Czechoslovakia
Substitutes Hallertau
Purpose Dual: Aroma and Bittering
Yield < 200 pounds/acre
Beer Styles Pale Ale, Pilsner, Wheat


Alpha Acid 5.2%
Beta Acid 3.7%
Cohumulone 23.0%


Total Oil N/A
Myrcene N/A
Humulene N/A
Caryophyllene N/A
Farnesene N/A

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Poor
Maturity Early
Sex Female
Leaf Color Dark green with reddish stems
Side Arm Length 6 - 10 inches


Last Updated
  • 2021-10-06 08:58:22

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Did you know?
  • Dwarf variety hops grow shorter in height than traditional varieties but, importantly, produce the same yield. This combination makes harvest easier.
  • Storage: is based on the percentage of alpha acids remaining after 6 months at 20*F.
  • Oil composition percetages are based on the total percentage of oil in the hop. Example: 10 - 20% means that for the specific oil it is 10 - 20% of the overall oil make up.
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