Not originally envisioned for use in brewing, Sunbeam is an ornamental hop that was discovered to be inadvertently useful as an aroma hop. Selected in 1992 in Corvallis, Oregon, it features characteristics similar to that of its parent variety, Saaz.

Also Known As
Characteristics Saaz-style characteristics
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 4%-5%
Beta Acid Composition 2.5%
Co-Humulone Composition 36%
Country  US
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity  Early
Yield Amount
Growth Rate Very high
Resistant to Moderately resistant to downy mildew and verticillium wilt
Susceptible to
East of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 0.8-1.3 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 56%
Humulene Oil Composition 14%
Caryophyllene Oil 4%
Farnesene Oil 6%
Substitutes  Saaz
Style Guide  Pilsner, Ale


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