Definition of hectolitre in English:


(also hl) (US hectoliter)


  • A metric unit of capacity equal to one hundred litres, used especially for wine, beer, grain, and other agricultural produce.

    • ‘A company executive said the brewer's plant in the capital will be expanded from its current capacity of 1.4 million hectolitres to 1.7 million hectolitres per year.’
    • ‘It will mean the 50 per cent reduction on excise duty for the first 5,000 hectolitres produced will apply to breweries with an output of up to 60,000 hectolitres a year.’
    • ‘Production aimed for the Irish market currently amounts to 724,782 hectolitres in cans and 277,317 hectolitres in bottles.’
    • ‘Consumption rose from 5.2 million hectolitres in 1996 to an estimated 5.6 million hectolitres last year, significantly below the economy's rate of growth.’
    • ‘Annual capacity would be 200,000 tonnes, equivalent to 1.7 million barrels or 1.97 million hectolitres of beer.’
    • ‘Scottish & Newcastle's production is already near full-capacity in Britain, producing approximately 16 million hectolitres of beer each year.’
    • ‘Instead of a normal 50-60 hectolitres per hectare for dry white wines, we are talking about yields of around 16-20 hectolitres per hectare.’
    • ‘Its sales rose nine per cent compared to the previous year and stood at 1 461 000 hectolitres.’
    • ‘This configures the site to have a capacity of two million hectolitres by May 2001 at the latest.’
    • ‘Before the fall of communism in 1989, Bulgaria exported five million hectolitres of wine a year to the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘China consumes an estimated 250 million hectolitres of beer per annum, the world's biggest by volume.’
    • ‘The country imports 10 million hectolitres every year.’
    • ‘It has been estimated that they would have contained about 2,500 hectolitres of wine; details of their capacities were inscribed below their necks.’
    • ‘The establishment of the common external tariff resulted in significant cost increases, and therefore the German Government asked the Commission for permission to import 450,000 hectolitres of this wine at the old, lower rate of duty.’
    • ‘Bulgarian brewers sold about two million hectolitres of beer in the first six months of 2005, only one per cent less than the same period last year.’
    • ‘According to the Union of Bulgarian Brewers, beer consumption totalled 4.3 million hectolitres last year.’
    • ‘The volume of wine produced may well have trebled to 900,000 hectolitres at the same time.’
    • ‘In fact productivity has increased from 800 to 3,000 hectolitres of beer per employee while the cost of brewing each bottle has dropped by 60 per cent.’
    • ‘It cost them $380,000 to launch the new beer, and they plan to double production, to 4,500 hectoliters a month, for summer drinkers.’
    • ‘Bulgaria now exports 770 000 hectolitres of bottled wine annually, mostly to Germany, the UK and Russia.’