Merkur or Hallertau Merkur as it is sometimes known, is a high alpha bittering hop developed at the Hull Hops Research Institute in Germany. It was released in 2000. It’s not all about bittering potential though; Merkur boasts high myrcene and humulene oil content giving it an earthy grounding and citrus zing. It works especially well in the early to mid-stages of brewing. Merkur is a descendant of Magnum.


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Also Known As Hallertau Merkur
Characteristics Earthy, spicy bitterness, citrus zing
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 12%-16.2%
Beta Acid Composition 5%-7.3%
Co-Humulone Composition 17.8%-19%
Country Germany
Cone Size Medium
Cone Density Moderate
Seasonal Maturity Late
Yield Amount 1760-1940 kg/hectare (1570-1730 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate
Resistant to Resistant to verticillium wilt, peronospora and powdery mildew
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 60%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
Ease of Harvest Difficult
Total Oil Composition 2.6-3 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 48%-49%
Humulene Oil Composition 29%-32%
Caryophyllene Oil 8%-9%
Farnesene Oil 0%-1%
Substitutes Magnum
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