Anheuser-Busch is being sued by two California residents for supposedly watering down a few of their brands below the advertised ABV percentage. The suit claims that though AB has the technology to control the precise alcohol level they water down their beer below 5% ABV.
“There are no impediments — economic, practical or legal — to AB accurately labeling its products to reflect their true alcohol content,” the 18-page lawsuit said. “Nevertheless, AB uniformly misrepresents and overstates that content.”
Budweiser rejected the lawsuit’s allegations.
“The claims against Anheuser-Busch are completely false, and these lawsuits are groundless,” said Peter Kraemer, vice president of brewing and supply for Anheuser-Busch. “Our beers are in full compliance with all alcohol labeling laws.”
The suit however does not provide any figures to support their claim. The lawsuit alleges the other watered-down beers are Bud Ice, Bud Lite Platinum, Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, King Cobra, Busch Ice, Natural Ice and Bud Light Lime.
UPDATE (February 28):
Samples of Budweiser and other Anheuser-Busch InBev beers were found to be in line with their advertised alcohol content, according to lab tests conducted at NPR’s request. We’ve rewritten portions of this post to reflect that new information.
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,” says analytical laboratory specialist Kara Taylor.
“Some of them were spot-on. Others deviated, plus or minus, within a hundredth of a percentage” — well within federal limits, she says.