Universal was bred in the Czech Republic, but as of 1991 is no longer listed as a commercial variety. It is however still being produced in the US and has since become a darling of the craft brewing industry.

It has a pleasant noble aroma and a mild bitterness, good storage stability and due to its nearly identical oil profile, it is an excellent substitute for Hallertauer Mittelfrüher.

Also Known As
Characteristics Noble aromas and mild bitterness
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 5.2%
Beta Acid Composition 3.7%
Co-Humulone Composition 23%
Country Czech Republic
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Early
Yield Amount < 220 kg/hectare (< 200 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Low
Resistant to
Susceptible to Moderately susceptible to downy mildew
East of Harvest
Total Oil Composition
Myrcene Oil Composition
Humulene Oil Composition
Caryophyllene Oil
Farnesene Oil
Substitutes Hallertauer Mittelfrüher
Style Guide


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