Formerly known as Belgian Saaz or B Saaz, Motueka is a premier New Zealand hop. Developed by HortResearch, this triploid was bred from Saaz and an unnamed New Zealand breeding strain and lends itself well to Lagers, Pilsners and Belgian Ales.


It makes an excellent dual-use hop, carrying an exciting fruit aroma with refreshing notes of tropical fruit and citrus. It can be used at any point during the brewing process and works well in sweet, malty and fruity beers. Massachusetts brewery brewmaster Jack uses Motueka in a Maibock and Sierra Nevada brewery also debuted their Southern Hemisphere Harvest fresh hops ale in April 2014 using Motueka, along with Southern Cross, as its finishing hops.

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Also Known As B Saaz, Belgian Saaz
Characteristics Tropical fruit and citrus
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 6.5%-8.5%
Beta Acid Composition 5%-5.5%
Co-Humulone Composition 29%
Country New Zealand
Cone Size Small to medium
Cone Density Loose
Seasonal Maturity Early
Yield Amount 1200-1500 kg/hectare (1071-1338 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Very high
Resistant to
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest Moderate to difficult
Total Oil Composition 0.8 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 47.7%
Humulene Oil Composition 3.6%
Caryophyllene Oil 2%
Farnesene Oil 12.2%
Substitutes Saaz, Saaz (US), Sterling
Style Guide European Ale, English Ale, Dark Lager, Pilsner, Belgian Ales, Lager, Maibock, Ales

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