Beer
Beer Beer, n. [OE. beor, ber, AS. be['o]r; akin to Fries. biar, Icel. bj?rr, OHG. bior, D. & G. bier, and possibly E. brew. [root]93, See {Brew}.] 1. A fermented liquor made from any malted grain, but commonly from barley malt, with hops or some other substance to impart a bitter flavor. [1913 Webster]

Note: Beer has different names, as {small beer}, {ale}, {porter}, {brown stout}, {lager beer}, according to its strength, or other qualities. See {Ale}. [1913 Webster]

2. A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Small beer}, weak beer; (fig.) insignificant matters. ``To suckle fools, and chronicle small beer.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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