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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 La·ger beer n.  Originally a German beer, but now also made in immense quantities in the United States; -- so called from its being laid up or stored for some months before use.
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Beer n.
 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.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 lager beer
      n : a general term for beer made with bottom fermenting yeast
          (usually by decoction mashing); originally it was brewed
          in March or April and matured until September [syn: lager]