At its most basic level, cider is an alcoholic beverage that is the result of the fermentation of apple juice. While beer and cider both rely on fermented sugars to produce alcohol, the two start from very different ingredients. Beer is made from malted barley, whereas cider is made from apple juice. However, while a beer can contain fruit and other ingredients, no true cider contains malted grains. Cider can vary not only in colour but also from completely clear to cloudy with sediment ranges, due to the filtering between pressing and fermentation.