Beer with less than 0.5% alcohol content, therefore making it "non-alcoholic."
Everyone was planning to get hammered at the party, but were disappointed when all they got was near beer.
n. Non-alcoholic beer.
Near beer is the worst of both worlds: all the shitty taste of beer, and none of the fun!
Non alcoholic beer that contains .5% or less alcohol and is aimed at those 18 and up or those wanting to watch their calories and/or alcoholic intake. Usually has the alchohol boiled out and is usually less flavorful and calorie rich than their alcoholic equivalents. Essentially Beer that you can't get intoxicated from. Usually labeled NA (Non Alcoholic)
O'Doul's and Sharps could be considered a "near beer".
Person 1: Hey pass me a beer
Person 2: Here is an O'Doul's.
Person 1: Don't give me that near beer crap. Got a real beer?
Noun: London police slang for a crummy dive in which unwitting male tourists are promised a good time with a hot babe. They must order a drink from these unlicenced premises but get charged hundreds of pounds for a soft drink. Victims are often frog-marched to cash machines by heavies. Needless to say, the babe doesn't provide any action, just sits there.
Drink your tea, were going to bust a near beer in Brewer Street.
OK, Shall I grab a Transit van and 2 Serbo-Croat translators?
The Kinks classic 'Lola' is set in a near-beer.
I Met her in a club down in old Soho
Where they drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola...