Is Budweiser Watered Down? That Is What Federal Lawsuits Claim

Has Budweiser been watering down its beer?budweiser

That is what three lawsuits filed this week are claiming.

The suits in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California federal courts claim that Anheuser-Busch – the world’s largest brewer – has been overstating the alcohol content in its Budweiser and other beers.

“AB InBev’s St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Cos. routinely adds extra water to its finished products to produce malt beverages with significantly less alcohol content than displayed on its labels, violating state statutes on consumer protection, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Philadelphia,” reported Bloomberg News.

AB denied the allegations as “completely false” according to Bloomberg News.

Besides Budweiser, the suits claim that AB also waters down Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum, Michelob, King Cobra, Busch Ice, Black Crown, Bud Light Lime, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, Natural Ice and Michelob Ultra.

According to attorneys involved in the suits the allegations are based on information provided by former AB workers and not on tests of the beers.

“Each of the three suits is seeking damages of more than $5 million, and more lawsuits are expected to be filed against Anheuser-Busch, specifically in Ohio and Colorado. Lawyers say that the watering down of beers can result in beers that contain 3% to 8% less alcohol than their labels indicate,” says Time Magazine.

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5 Comments on "Is Budweiser Watered Down? That Is What Federal Lawsuits Claim"

  1. Budweiser make untold gazillions of gallons of beer every day. There is no reason given for this alleged watering-down, except for a few ex-employees that say they did it.
    One would think that some of the billions of loyal Budweiser drinkers would have noticed a change if it were in fact true. This story smells to much for my liking. Hey attorneys, before you waste time and $$$$$, test the beer!

  2. Seems like reducing the alcohol content of beer or any liquor is a step in the right direction. There is far too many problems with consuming alcohol, wrecked homes, wrecked lives, wrecked cars…

  3. What ridiculous lawsuits. If someone thinks it tastes watered-down, simply buy something else! I’ve always thought all AB products taste watered-down. Therefore, I never buy them. If you want a beer with some taste, try Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, or Harpoon. It’s that simple. If AB’s sales drop significantly, maybe they’ll get the idea.

  4. I think it is being watered down ! It doesn’t taste the same at all ! I think something is going on ! This needs to be fixed ! They raised the prices and now watering down ! We aren’t gettingg raises at are jobs ! And all the companys are charging more for everything ! What is going on ?

  5. connie kapralos | February 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm |

    gives a whole new meaning to “BUD LIGHT”

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