The Basic Statistics

Alpha Acids 10 – 15.5%
Purpose Bitter
Country of Origin Germany
Substitutes Hallertauer Taurus, Columbus, Nugget
Suitable Beer Styles IPA, Pale Ale, Pilsner, Brown Ales


About Magnum

Magnum hops are well known for their bittering capabilities in a range of suitable beers. It’s a clean bitterness that balances out nicely and works with many other different hops in both bittering and supportive in the aroma. With a slight hint of citrus and a hint of spice, it’s a great addition to any brewery.

Technically it is names Hallertau Magnum, most will only know it as Magnum. It’s a German hop, being bred in the 1980’s and released in 1993. From the German Hop Research Institute, it was bred from Galena and another German hop. It’s now grown in a few different regions throughout the world.

Because the alpha acids are so high, you can bitter with this hop and save some cash, because you don’t need to use as much as other hops. While it can be used as an aroma hop, it’s not done widely and can give aromas that are better achieved with other varieties.

Apparently, Sierra Nevada brewing use Magnum almost exclusively for their bittering hop, and some use it as a single hop IPA. When used as a single hop in a beer for bittering and aroma, expect spices, herbal and floral notes.

This isn’t a hop like Citra or Lemondrop that people will be clamouring over to use. It’s a hop that’s a workhorse and does the job it’s meant to do. It lasts long when stored correctly and offers great bang for buck. Give it a try.

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