noun \ˈbir\

: an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops

: a drink made from roots or other parts of plants

Full Definition of BEER

:  an alcoholic beverage usually made from malted cereal grain (as barley), flavored with hops, and brewed by slow fermentation
:  a carbonated nonalcoholic or a fermented slightly alcoholic beverage with flavoring from roots or other plant parts <birch beer>
:  fermented mash
:  a drink of beer

Examples of BEER

  1. Would you like beer with dinner?
  2. The pub brews its own beer.
  3. I'll have a beer, please.
  4. a couple of cold beers
  5. a glass of birch beer

Origin of BEER

Middle English ber, from Old English bēor; akin to Old High German bior beer
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Alcoholic beverage made usually from malted barley, flavoured with hops, and brewed by slow fermentation. Known from ancient times, beer was especially common in northern climates not conducive to grape cultivation for wine. It is produced by employing either a bottom-fermenting yeast, which falls to the bottom of the container when fermentation is completed, or a top-fermenting yeast, which rises to the surface. Lager beers (from lagern, “to store”), of German origin, are bottom-fermented and stored at a low temperature for several months; most are light in colour, with high carbonation, medium hop flavor, and alcohol content of 3–5% by volume. Top-fermented beers, popular in Britain, include ale, stout, and porter; they are characterized by a prominent head of released carbon dioxide, a sharper and more strongly hopped flavour than lagers, and an alcohol content of 4–6.5% by volume. See also malt.


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