Bier n (plural Bier)
From Middle High German bier, from Old High German bior, from Proto-Germanic *beuzą (“beer”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰews-, *bheus- (“dross, sediment, brewer's yeast”). Akin to Dutch bier, Low German Beer, bêr, English beer, Icelandic bjór. More at beer.
- IPA(key): [biːɐ̯]
- Rhymes: -iːɐ̯
Bier n (genitive Biers or Bieres, plural Biere or Bier, diminutive Bierchen n)
- As is common with beverages in German, the unchanged plural Bier is used after numerals in the sense of "quantities of beer" (glasses, bottles, cans). One may order: Zwei Bier, bitte! – "Two beers, please!" (Nota bene: In many places of the German language area, this is not a common order; instead one needs to specify Pils, Weißbier, Kölsch, etc.)
- The marked plural Biere is used to mean "different kinds of beer". For example: Pils und Kölsch sind beliebte deutsche Biere. – "Pils and Kölsch are popular German beers."
Declension of Bier
1Now uncommon, see notes