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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