Released in 2002, Saphir features elements of spice and fruit amid refined citrus notes of tangerine. It is considered well suited to Belgian Whites as well as Pilsners and German Lagers.


Bred at the Hop Research Center in Hüll, the initial goal of its creators was to produce a more commercially viable alternative to Hallertau Mittelfrüh through increased disease resistance and the retention of Hallertau’s noble characteristics. In that capacity, Saphir would most certainly be considered a success.

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Also Known As Sapphire
Characteristics Sweet citrus aromas with hints of tangerine
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 2%-4.5%
Beta Acid Composition 4%-7%
Co-Humulone Composition 12%-17%
Country Germany
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Early
Yield Amount 1600-1900 kg/hectare (1427-1695 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate
Resistant to
Susceptible to
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 0.8-1.4 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 25%-40%
Humulene Oil Composition 20%-30%
Caryophyllene Oil 9%-14%
Farnesene Oil < 1%
Substitutes Hallertau, Hallertau Tradition, Spalter Select
Style Guide Pilsner, Lager

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