Budweiser makers hit back at watered down beer claims

4 March 2013

Anheuser-Busch, who make Budweiser and more, are hitting back at those who think they make watery beer. Of course, all beer is watery or else you'd eat slices of it, but it is pretty much agreed that Bud isn't exactly a pleasant ale.

And now AB are defending their reputation against claims that they're watering down beers after boozers filed lawsuits for $5m (£3.3m) each last week in various American states, alleging the alcohol content is less than stated on the label.

AB decided to run full-page adverts, which look exactly like this.

If you can't read the small text, it says that AB have donated millions of cans of water to the American Red Cross and disaster relief organisations around the world, before signing off with: ""But in every other circumstance, the Anheuser-Busch logo is our ironclad guarantee that the beer in your hand is the best beer we know how to brew."

"We take no shortcuts and make no exceptions. Ever."

The lawsuit lead lawyer, Josh Boxer, said: "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," and that "Anheuser-Busch employs some of most sophisticated process control technology in the world to precisely monitor the alcohol content at the final stages of production, and then adds additional water to produce beers with significantly lower alcohol contents than is represented on the the labels".

Company insiders came forward to offer this information, which AB completely reject, with Boxer stating: "These alcohol readings, taken six times a second as the finished product is bottled, will confirm the allegations made by the growing number of former employees who keep coming forward to tell us the truth," he said.

 The lawsuit alleges that this all started when Anheuser-Busch merged with the Inbev. Inbev produce Stella, Becks, Boddingtons and a whole load more. Next time you buy beer at the supermarket, chances are AB Inbev will own it. Also, have a look at the alcohol content and see if it's as high as you remember.

"Following the merger, [Anheuser-Busch] vigorously accelerated the deceptive practices, sacrificing the quality products once produced by Anheuser-Busch in order to reduce costs," the lawsuit said.

TOPICS:   Restaurants


  • chewbacca
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but has pretty much the same thing not happened in thus country? Stella, for sure, used to be 5.2%, then it was 5%, now it's 4.8%. Pretty sure Bud and other varieties of gnats piss are the same. Different to claiming it's still 5.2% and giving us less, of course, but it's still fucking shady. Anyway, people who drink that crap deserve all they get. Same for those twats that drink Brewdog thinking they're somehow better than inbev et al.
  • chewbacca
    thus countrythis country, my pedant companions!
  • klingelton
    that brewdog stuff is terrible. over priced and tastes like crap. Give me a nice pint of Ilkley brewery Mary Jane any day.
  • Alexis
    So the advert doesn't actually deny they water the beer down anywhere?
  • Kevin
    Having lower alcohol levels than they did before is not the same as watering it down as long as they are putting the lower levels on the packaging! It's like saying we are paying the same money for a smaller packet. Yes you are but the pack says 75g instead of 100g so you are not being conned, they are being up front about what you are buying.
  • chewbacca
    @Bevin I already said that, but to hell with reading other posts before venting your bile, eh?!
  • Phuck Y.
    No, Budweiser tastes like piss, not water. Is this what they call a FAIL?
  • Sicknote
    About time they watered down the beer; fat too many fucking northerns & piss-heads from north of the border fucking it up for the rest of us. Personally, you keep that fizzy piss and make mine a locally brewed good quality ale.
  • Employee m.
    They are all probably just immune to its effects now.
  • chewbacca
    @unwellscrote Your continued slights on Northerners/Scots are puzzling. You continue to disparage those who are most like you, yet continue to ignore the increasing Islamification of your own country. Perhaps this is your intention, as when Londonistan becomes a sharia state, there will be no fucking drink allowed, let alone worry about its alleged ABV. Stranger still, then, your comments about locally brewed ales. You're sending out conflicting messages old boy. Best have a think about that.
  • Captain C.
    I never believed the stories about how bad Bud is, but then I had never been tempted to try one; then one night at a Karaoke bar in Southern China the ONLY beer on offer was canned Bud...... The first mouthful tasted revolting; I was sure the can was "off", so I opened the second, it was just as awful, it tasted like chilled piss. The local tap water tasted better, and just brushing my teeth with that had given me dysentery!!!! Why O why didnt they sell Pearl River, the tasty local brew??
  • chewbacca
    @Commander Retard Homogenisation/globalisation. See also: Sam Adams, Asahi et al. Buy a foreign sounding brand, brew it "under licence", turn it into crap, laugh as the morons pay for it anyway. Provenance=fuck all.
  • Avon B.
    Josh Boxer is an excellent name.
  • Mr M.
    If you want cheap lager beers get the french stubbies in all the supermarkets, not a bad little drop at 4.8% and £7 for 5litres.

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