Watered Down Beer Budweiser May Be Cheating Consumers

Watered Down Beer: Lawsuit Claims Budweiser May Be Cheating Consumers

Beer enthusiasts in the United States have filed $5 million class-action lawsuits against Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev accusing the company of selling watered down beer.

Suits filed in California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey claim that AB, the world’s largest brewer, is purposely overstating the alcohol content in 10 of its well known, retail beverages.

Former employees at multiple AB US breweries have claimed that all products are watered down to cut costs, according to lawyer Josh Boxer of San Rafael, CA.

“Our information comes from former employees at Anheuser-Busch, who have informed us that as a matter of corporate practice, all of their products mentioned [in the lawsuit] are watered down … It’s a simple cost-saving measure, and it’s very significant,” Boxer said.

The lawyer also claimed that the addition of water prior to bottling cut down the advertised alcohol content by 3 to 8 percent.

If you’re unaware, an accepted level of ethanol for regular beer is 5 percent by volume and light beer is 4.2 percent by volume. These figures also include an acceptable standard deviation of plus or minus .3 percent for the advertised alcohol content, so a 3 to 8 percent cut would be extremely significant — something that would be very difficult for a quality assurance test to overlook during manufacturing.

AB InBev refuted the claims and called them “groundless,” further stating that its beers fully comply with labeling laws and are not watered down by any means.

Peter Kraemer, vice president of brewing and supply, said, “Our beers are in full compliance with all alcohol labeling laws. We proudly adhere to the highest standards in brewing our beers, which have made them the best-selling in the U.S. and the world.”

CBS News reports that the lawsuit further alleges of disregarding ethanol content sensor readings during manufacturing and instead choosing to water down its beers to cut costs.

Watered Down Beer Budweiser May Be Cheating Consumers