any of several malt beverages that are similar to beer but are usually considered nonalcoholic because they have an alcoholic content of less than ½ percent.
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Origin of near beer
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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Only wonder of nature I ever saw in Schoenstrom was my friend Mac trying to think he was soused after a case of near-beer.Free Air|Sinclair Lewis