The German Hop Research Institute in Huell, Germany developed Orion hops sometime during the 1980s. It is the result of a cross between Perle and a German male.

To date Orion is not widely produced and mostly relegated to Germany. Its pleasant European bittering and aroma qualities have made it popular for German Helles-type beers, which were originally brewed to compete with Czech Pils. It has a very low cohumulone content and high myrcene. The other oils are in fair balance. This variety is not easy to find commercially.

Also Known As
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 8%-9%
Beta Acid Composition 4.94%-5.73%
Co-Humulone Composition 25%-29%
Country Germany
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Mid
Yield Amount 1500-1800 kg/hectare (1330-1610 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate to high
Resistant to Resistant to verticillium wilt and downy mildew
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
East of Harvest Difficult
Total Oil Composition 1.8-2.1 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 41%-56%
Humulene Oil Composition 17%-26%
Caryophyllene Oil 7%-13%
Farnesene Oil 0%-1%
Substitutes Perle
Style Guide Helles


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