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near beer

n.
A malt liquor that does not contain enough alcohol to be considered an alcoholic beverage.

near′ beer′


n.
a malt beverage similar to beer but containing less than ½ percent alcohol.
[1905–10, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.near beer - drink that resembles beer but with less than 1/2 percent alcohol
beverage, drinkable, potable, drink - any liquid suitable for drinking; "may I take your beverage order?"
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33) Near beer is defined as "any of various malt liquors considered nonalcoholic because they contain less than a specified percentage of alcohol.
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He parks in the small lot on Broadway, near Beer Can Island, then walks south for miles, admiring the water, which "is almost always beautiful, with a pure green color.
During Prohibition, Berghoff served near beer and Bergo Soda Pop, but the slide in alcohol sales forced its expansion into a full-service restaurant.
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