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A malt drink is a fermented drink in which the primary ingredient is the grain, or
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, of the
barley Barley (''Hordeum vulgare''), a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally. It was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia Eurasia (, ) is the largest continental area o ...
plant, which has been allowed to sprout slightly in a traditional way called "
malting Malting is the process of steeping, Germination, germinating and drying grain to convert it into malt. The malt is mainly used for brewing or whisky making, but can also be used to make malt vinegar or malt extract. Various grains are used for ma ...
" before it is processed. By far the most predominant malt drink is
beer Beer is one of the oldest and the most widely consumed type of alcoholic drink in the world, and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. It is produced by the brewing and Fermentation (food), fermentation of starches, mainl ...
(naturally fermented barley sugars flavoured with
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), of which there are two main styles: ale and
lager Lager () is beer which has been brewed and conditioned at low temperature. Lagers can be pale, amber, or dark. Pale lager is the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer. The term "lager" comes from the German for "stora ...
. A low alcohol level drink brewed in this fashion is technically identical to "non-alcoholic beer". Such a drink may be prepared by using a slightly altered brewing process that yields negligible alcohol (technically less than 0.5% by volume). These are called
low-alcohol beer Low-alcohol beer is beer with little or no Ethanol, alcohol content and aims to reproduce the taste of beer while eliminating (or at least reducing) the inebriating effects of standard alcoholic brews. Most low-alcohol beers are lagers, but there ...
s or "near beers". In the United States, the term "malt beverage" may be used by
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of groups of beer wholesalers (e.g. Tennessee Malt Beverages Association) for the sake of a professional image by using brewing
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related terms, for political or legal reasons, or to avoid potential negative connotations that may be associated with beer in a region. Additionally, the term malt beverage is applied to many other flavoured drinks prepared from malted grains to which natural or artificial flavours (and sometimes colours) have been added to make them taste and appear similar to
wine Wine is an alcoholic drink typically made from Fermentation in winemaking, fermented grapes. Yeast in winemaking, Yeast consumes the sugar in the grapes and converts it to ethanol and carbon dioxide, releasing heat in the process. Different ...
s,
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cola Cola is a Carbonation, carbonated soft drink flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, citrus essential oil, oils and other flavorings. Cola became popular worldwide after the American pharmacist John Stith Pemberton invented Coca-Cola, a trademarked bra ...
s, natural
cider Cider ( ) is an alcoholic beverage made from the Fermented drink, fermented Apple juice, juice of apples. Cider is widely available in the United Kingdom (particularly in the West Country) and the Republic of Ireland. The UK has the world's hig ...
s, or other drinks. This subcategory has been called "malternative", as in
Smirnoff Ice Smirnoff (; ) is a brand of vodka owned and produced by the United Kingdom, British company Diageo. The Smirnoff brand began with a vodka Distillation, distillery founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov (1831–1898). It is distributed in ...
(US and French version), or "maltini", as in 3SUM, which also has energy components like
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of such products in the
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has increased rapidly in recent years. In most
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, these products are regulated in a way identical to beer, which allows a retailer with a beer license to sell a wider product line. This also generally avoids the steeper taxes and stricter regulations associated with
distilled spirits Liquor (or a spirit) is an alcoholic drink produced by distillation of grains, fruits, vegetables, or sugar, that have already gone through alcoholic fermentation. Other terms for liquor include: spirit drink, distilled beverage or hard li ...
.


Non-alcoholic malt drinks

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Kvass Kvass is a fermented cereal-based Alcohol by volume, low alcoholic beverage with a slightly cloudy appearance, light-brown colour and sweet-sour taste. It may be flavoured with berries, fruits, herbs or honey. Kvass stems from the northeastern ...
( Northeastern,
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Malta Malta ( , , ), officially the Republic of Malta ( mt, Repubblika ta' Malta ), is an island country in the Mediterranean Sea. It consists of an archipelago, between Italy and Libya, and is often considered a part of Southern Europe. It lies ...
(Germany and Denmark) * Podpiwek (Poland and Lithuania) * Supermalt (Caribbean and UK) * ISTAK (Iran) * Hoppy (Japan) Milk-style *
Horlicks Horlicks is a sweet malted milk hot Malt drink, drink powder developed by founders Sir James Horlick, 1st Baronet, James and William Horlick. It was first sold as "Horlick's Infant and Invalids Food", soon adding "aged and travellers" to their ...
(UK) *
Malted milk Malted milk or malt powder is a powdered gruel made from a mixture of malted barley, wheat flour, and evaporated whole milk powder. The powder is used to add its distinctive flavor to beverages and other foods, but it is also used in b ...
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Milkshake A milkshake (sometimes simply called a shake) is a sweet beverage made by blending milk, ice cream, and flavorings or sweeteners such as butterscotch, caramel sauce, chocolate syrup, fruit syrup, or whole fruit In botany, a fruit is ...
* Milo (Australia and
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Ovaltine Ovaltine (also known by its original name Ovomaltine) is a brand of milk flavoring product made with malt extract (except in the blue packaging in the United States), sugar (except in Switzerland), and whey. Some flavors also have Cocoa solids, c ...
(UK)


Low-alcoholic malt drinks

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Low-alcohol beer Low-alcohol beer is beer with little or no Ethanol, alcohol content and aims to reproduce the taste of beer while eliminating (or at least reducing) the inebriating effects of standard alcoholic brews. Most low-alcohol beers are lagers, but there ...
s ** Malt beer ** Malzbier * Wine cooler


Average-alcoholic malt drinks

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Alcopop An alcopop (or cooler, spirit cooler n South African English or malternative n American English is any of certain flavored alcoholic beverages with relatively low alcohol content (e.g., 3–7% alcohol by volume), including: # Malt beverag ...
* Malt beer **
Malt liquor Malt liquor is a type of mass market beer with high alcohol (drug), alcohol content, most closely associated with North America. Legally, it often includes any alcoholic beverage with 5% or more alcohol by volume made with malted barley. In commo ...


High-alcoholic malt drinks

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Malt whisky Malt whisky is whisky made from a fermented mashing, mash consisting primarily of malted barley. If the product is made exclusively at a single distillery (along with other restrictions), it is typically called a single malt whisky. Although malt w ...
** Single malt whisky ** Blended malt whisky


See also

* List of barley-based drinks


External links

* {{Alcohol and health Types of beer Fermented drinks Alcohol law