Where do I start? First, simplify the legalese, a lot of which I personally assisted in writing. Beer is a taxable product under the Internal Revenue Code. As a general rule, "beer" is produced with a fermented barley base or substitute for barley (molasses, and so forth). This is an Internal Revenue Code tax requirement to differentiate beer from wine (fermented from fruit, generally) or distilled spirits (distilled in some fashion). Gluten free beers contain no barley malt and may/may not contain hops; they are taxable "beer" but not "malt beverages"). "Malt beverages" contain both hops and barley malt. The key point is that malt beverages receive label approval from US Treasury (the previously mentioned Tax and Trade Bureau) which makes it easier for them to be sold in any state. Malt beverages are also regulated under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act which imposes labeling and advertising standards, and requires permits for importing or wholesaling. Back to the question, no hops beer can be made. However, most large brewers filter or treat a base malt beverage to remove hop character. They then add flavors and other materials to produce a flavored product which has little or no hop character (Four Loco, Moose Juice, and so forth). However, the product remains a malt beverage which provides many marketing advantages, particularly a certificate of label approval from TTB. Most mainstream lagers have limited hop character and light beers even less with IBUs (measurement of hop character) usually under 10. Compare that to the IPA I am currently drinking which advertises 70 IBU's as a measure of hop character. So if you do not like hops, stick to light American Light lagers or the flavored products large brewers produce. But remember, the craft beer revolution is a direct response to the lack of hop character, or any character, in mainstream American light lagers.