Class action lawsuit alleges Budweiser brewer watered down beers

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by Heygood Orr and Pearson

A series of class action lawsuits against Anheuser-Busch InBev has accused the company of watering down the alcohol content of its beers to below the level stated on cans or bottles. Anheuser-Busch—the brewer of Budweiser and several other beers—is facing class action cases in California, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas—all of which are seeking $5 million of more in damages on behalf of consumers who purchased one of the company’s beers.

According to the Anheuser-Busch class action lawsuits, the company cheated consumers by watering-down its beer just before the bottling process. The lawsuits allege that this watering-down process lowered the alcohol content of Anheuser-Busch beers by between 3% and 8% of the stated level.

Anheuser-Busch has publicly denied these claims that it deliberately lowered the alcohol content of its beers. However, lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit say that they have internal alcohol testing records which are taken six times per second by Anheuser-Busch as its beers are bottled which will prove that the beers have been watered-down.

Anheuser-Busch InBev bottles a number of other beers in addition to Budweiser, including Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Busch Ice, Natural Ice, Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum, Bud Light Lime, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, and King Cobra.