Hop: Merkur


Merkur is a descendant of Magnum, making it a great bittering hop. The lower co-humulone level makes it an even smoother bitterness. Dual purpose as it also adds a nice aroma profile.

Merkur was developed at the Hop Research Institute in Hüll, Germany.

General Information

Alias Hallertau Merkur
Profile Earth, citrus, mint, pineapple and sugar-sweetness.
Country Germany
Substitutes Herkules, Magnum
Purpose Dual: Aroma and Bittering
Yield 1570 - 1730 lbs/acre
Storage Retains 60% - 70% alpha acid contents after 6 months of storage at 68°F.
Beer Styles Lager, Pilsner, Stout
Resistant Verticillium wilt, powdery mildew
Tolerant Downy mildew
Susceptible Aphid


Alpha Acid 10.0 - 16.2%
Beta Acid 3.5 - 7.3%
Cohumulone 17.8 - 22.0%


Total Oil 1.4 - 2.2 mg/100g
Myrcene 48.0 - 49.0%
Humulene 29.0 - 32.0%
Caryophyllene 8.0 - 9.0%
Farnesene < 1.0%

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Moderate
Cones Medium size with moderate density
Maturity Late
Ease of Harvest Difficult

Merkur Aroma/Flavor Profile


Last Updated
  • 2020-11-22 12:41:56 (Added: 2020-11-22 12:41:56)

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