A beer that has a relatively high alcohol content by weightusually from 5 to 8 percent. Several varieties reach as high as 9 percent alcohol, which makes such brews ineligible to be labeled "beer" or "lager." See also beer.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.