Lab Tests Show Budweiser Not Watered Down

budweiserNPR has taken on the challenge of finding out whether there is merit to lawsuits filed claiming that Budweiser and other beers brewed by Anheuser-Busch are watered down.

The results of lab tests show that they are NOT, according to NPR.

“Tests conducted on Budweiser, Bud Light Lime, and Michelob Ultra this week by San Diego’s White Labs found that “the alcohol percentages inside the cans were the same as what was stated on the can,” analytical laboratory specialist Kara Taylor told NPR.

“Some of them were spot-on. Others deviated, plus or minus, within a hundredth of a percentage” — well within federal limits, she told NPR.

NPR says it had the lab tests performed after suits were filed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California federal courts claiming 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… 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.


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6 Comments on "Lab Tests Show Budweiser Not Watered Down"

  1. The people bringing the suites should be fined a few million dollars to compensate for wasting the time and money of the courts and the accused. It is insane to bring suite with no testing.

  2. Thank You NPR!
    Logic begs the question, why would a multi-billion dollar world-wide corporation risk their consumer base by watering down their product?
    I hope the former workers who started this rumor are held accountable. It will teach them a lesson, and serve as a warning for anyone else who thinks they can take a company down by out-and-out lying about them.

  3. I wouldn’t care if AB diod water it down. The beer Is, and always has been swill

    • Swill ? You better watch out the rednecks aren’t gonna like you call that crap swill. Bud is bottom of barrel beer. Only reason anyone buys it is its CHEAP ,

  4. Something is going on as if you take a look at the people who are serious beer alcoholics, they seem to just love the Bud products. I have a buddy that can wipe out a 30 pack in a day and still function normally. I think they really know that they can power drink bud products and keep working and functioning as normal. I used to think it was a high tolerance but now I think there might be something too the low rates of alcohol in these cans. They never drink 30 of any other brand. Its always Bud. The same guy I mentioned earlier will only drink 5 Coronas or Miller MGS then stop.

  5. Brock Putnam | March 7, 2013 at 10:14 am |

    It justs TASTES that bad, like almost all American beers, even at “full strength.”

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