1. A fermented liquor made from any malted grain, but commonly from barley malt, with hops or some other substance to impart a bitter flavour.

Beer has different names, as small beer, ale, porter, brown stout, lager beer, according to its strength, or other qualities. See Ale.

2. A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc. Small beer, weak beer; (fig) insignificant matters. "To suckle fools, and chronicle small beer."

Origin: OE. Beor, ber, AS. Beor; akin to Fries. Biar, Icel. Bjrr, OHG. Bior, D. & G. Bier, and possibly E. Brew. 93, See Brew.

(01 Mar 1998)

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