Ale is a particular type of beer. Ale would be a good thing to order if you ever visit a pub in Britain.

Ale is yeast-fermented beer, brewed with sweet-tasting malted barley, and often with hops, to balance the sweetness with a more bitter flavor. In Britain, ale is considered to be any beer "other than lager, stout, or porter," while in the US ale is distinguished by the style of fermentation. The Old English origin of ale is ealu, "ale or beer." The Proto-Indo-European root has an implied meaning of "sorcery, magic, and intoxication."

Definitions of ale

n a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume

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Weissbier, wheat beer, white beer
a general name for beers made from wheat by top fermentation; usually very pale and cloudy and effervescent
English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)
a strong dark English ale
pale ale
an amber colored ale brewed with pale malts; similar to bitter but drier and lighter
porter, porter's beer
a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley
a strong very dark heavy-bodied ale made from pale malt and roasted unmalted barley and (often) caramel malt with hops
a general name in southern Germany for wheat beers
a German wheat beer of bock strength
a kind of bitter stout
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a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops

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