Whats the difference between ginger beer (not alcoholic) & ginger ale?!

Question: Whats the difference between ginger beer (not alcoholic) & ginger ale!?
& is ginger beer supposed to be "fiery"!? (ie tesco fiery ginger beer, tastes like they put chilis or something in it!.!.!. bleurgh!.!.!. ) whats the deal!? i was looking forward to it & not so sure anymore!.!.!. =( lol wish i got ginger ale instead now!Www@FoodAQ@Com

Ginger Beer is made to be drunk on its own as a sweet drink albeit rather "hot" - but that's what ginger IS ! whereas Ginger Ale is made as a mixer - mainly for use with whiskey and is consequently not so sweet - hence trade names like "Canada Dry"!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Ginger beer is usually made with plain water, ginger ale with carbonated water!. Other than that the formulas are similar!.The more ginger, the more bitter the taste!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Ginger beer is more spicy (and sweet) ginger ale is more mellow and clearer!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

I know that there is more ginger in ginger beer!. It has a better bite to it!. Other than that I believe they are the same!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

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