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near beer Explained

Near beer at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Near beer \Near beer\
Any of various malt liquors (see Citation).

Near beer is a term of common currency used to
designate all that class of malt liquors which contain
so little alcohol that they will not produce
intoxication, though drunk to excess, and includes in
its meaning all malt liquors which are not within the
purview of the general prohibition law. --Cambell v.
City of
Thomasville,
Georgia Appeal
Records, 6
212.

near beer at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

near beer
n : drink that resembles beer but with less than 1/2 percent
alcohol