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.
Note: ☞ 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.”
In one of the less surprising revelations of the year,
researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and
colleagues have confirmed that excessive consumption of beer
can lead to the condition commonly known as beer belly. At
the same time, however, they discovered that, beyond aesthetic
concerns, the condition may point to health hazards of a more
serious nature. In a comparison of beer drinkers and wine
drinkers, the scientists found that beer tends to build a
central paunch, or “potbelly”, while wine drinkers tend to
have narrower waists, even when the same amount of alcohol and
calories is consumed by both. --The Scientist -- December 11, 1995.
n : a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a
cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
well. (1.) A place where a well was dug by the direction of
Moses, at the forty-fourth station of the Hebrews in their
wanderings (Num. 21:16-18) in the wilderness of Moab. (See WELL.)
(2.) A town in the tribe of Judah to which Jotham fled for
fear of Abimelech (Judg. 9:21). Some have identified this place
Beer, a well