Aroma profile: Motueka has the classic New Zealand aroma profile of citrus and tropical fruits
Alpha Acids 6.5-7.8%
Beta Acids 5.0-5.5%
Total Oils 0.8 mL/100g
Motueka has had several names over the years. It was formerly known as B Saaz and Belgian Saaz. It has become a premier New Zealand hop, and as its popularity grows, so does its demand. This fabulous hop used to be very difficult to get hold of in England. That was until our partnership with Battery Hill, one of the largest hop farmers in New Zealand. Finally, craft breweries all around the country can obtain this sensational hop that is taking the world by storm!
Motueka was created in a programme called “Hops with a Difference” by New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research. It was bred by crossing a Saazer and an unknown New Zealand breeding selection. Whatever happened during that breeding certainly worked as Motueka is an exceptional hop!
Motueka makes an excellent dual-use hop. The first impressions of Motueka are a very lively and intense lime flavour followed by some hints of lemon zest and tropical fruits. However, the big citrus notes do dominate and are much of the reason that this hop is so sought-after and popular.
This hop is perfect for the craft brewer who enjoys experimenting because it can be used at any stage of the brewing process. It works very well in malty, sweet and fruity beers. Motueka is genuinely a very versatile hop. It has been used in dark lagers, English ale, European ales, pilsner, lager and Belgian ales, to name a few. It can be an excellent bittering hop, although it is mostly used in the aroma stages to ensure its magical flavours are present throughout the aroma and flavour profiles of the finished product.
We are really excited to offer Motueka to our customers. We know how challenging it has been to get New Zealand hops in the UK until now, and so we are delighted to introduce a healthy supply of it into the country. We know that a lot of craft breweries want to try this hop and now is your chance! As you may expect, our supply of Motueka won’t last long; there is simply too much demand for it. So, if you want some Motueka for your next brew, grab it while you can!