Banner did not fare well on the commercial market. Bred from a Brewer’s Gold seedling in the early 1970’s through open pollination, its first test plot was abandoned due to severe mildew problems.
It was finally released along with its half-sister Aquila in 1996 having caught the interest of goliath American brewing company Anheuser Busch. Eventually though, after several years of evaluation, it was eliminated from further testing.
Banner is known to have moderately high alpha acids, a pleasant aroma and a good yield but exhibits poor storability, which along with its mildew susceptibility makes it largely unviable.
|Also Known As|
|Characteristics||Moderate bittering potential, pleasant aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||8.4%-13%|
|Beta Acid Composition||5.3%-8%|
|Yield Amount||2017 kg/hectare (1800 lbs/acre))|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to high|
|Susceptible to||Susceptible to downy mildew|
|Storability||Retains 43% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|East of Harvest|
|Total Oil Composition||2.17 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||66.4%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||11.8%|
|Substitutes||Aquila, Cluster, Galena|