Low-alcohol beer (also called light beer, small beer, small ale, or near-beer) is beer with low alcohol content or no alcohol, which aim to reproduce the taste of beer without the inebriating effects of standard alcoholic brews. Most low-alcohol beers are lagers, but there are some low-alcohol ales. In the United States, beverages containing less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) were legally called non-alcoholic, according to the now-defunct Volstead Act. Because of its very low alcohol content, non-alcoholic beer may be legally sold to minors in many American states. In the United Kingdom, the following definitions apply by law (correct as of May 2007): In some parts of the European Union, beer must contain no more than 0.5% ABV if it is labelled 'alcohol-free'. In Australia, the term 'light beer' refers to any beer with less than 3% alcohol. The conceptualization of non-alcohol brews took place during prohibition according to John Naleszkiewicz.