Budweiser Has Been Sued 3 Times for Watering Down All Those Watery Beers A group of new lawsuits contends that Budweiser brands, from Bud Light Platinum to Michelob Ultra, make the beer giant the king of watered down beers. Somewhere, beer snobs are snickering — maybe even to the tune of $15 million. February 26, 2013 This article is from the archive of our partner, There are some beer snobs who already think Budweiser is a lesser beer. The company contends it’s the “King of Beers.” But a group of contends it’s the king of the watered down beers. Somewhere, beer snobs are snickering — maybe even to the tune of $15 million.
- The last thing anyone wants when he gets home from a day’s work is a watered down beer.
- You want to settle down with a nice, crisp cold one to let off some steam.
- But three separate lawsuits filed in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and San Francisco contend AB InBev’s Anheuser-Busch Cos.
- Add extra water to their finished product — 11 brands in all — to stretch the quantity of alcohol the company can supply,,
So, the beers are being sold at a lower alcohol content than advertised, which are the main thrust of the lawsuits, each of which seek damages over $5 million. The alleged beers being sold at a lower alcohol content than advertised are:
Budweiser Bud Ice Bud Light Platinum Michelob King Cobra Busch Ice Black Crown Bud Light Lime Hurricane High Gravity Lager Natural Ice Michelob Ultra
For at least two of the beers on the list, alcohol content is pretty much the entire reason for existing. Black Crown and Bud Light Platinum are stronger-than-your-average Budweisers. Part of the beers’ advertising hook — Black Crown is new, with a 2013 Super Bowl ad and all — is that they’re 6 percent alcohol by volume.
- Budweiser is advertised and labeled at 5 percent AbV.
- Bud Light is said to have 4.2 percent AbV.
- Watering down alcohol seems to be a kind of outrage du jour, though.
- Bourbon brewer Maker’s Mark got itself into a hot toddy recently when it it was going to water down its supply to fight off potential shortages.
Outrage, and the company its decision. The lesson: Don’t mess with a product people already love. Especially, This is different from the Maker’s Mark controversy, though. The beer is allegedly watered down across the board. The plaintiffs — including one guy who bought a case of Michelob Ultra a month, for some reason — allege that the public doesn’t know what all the beers under the Budweiser umbrella really taste like, and that they’re not getting their money’s worth.
There is no science backing up the defendants’ claims, and AB InBev has yet to respond in court. The krux of the evidence comes from “information from former workers” of Anheuser-Busch breweries who claim watering down the beer in post-production is a company policy. The lawsuit’s evidence could be politely described as sparse.
Former employees (especially disgruntled ones) are not always the best witnesses. Anheuser-Busch denies it, obviously, and it shouldn’t effect AB InBev’s, forming the biggest beer company in the world. This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire,
Is Budweiser high in alcohol?
What are the calorie count and alcohol content of Budweiser? – Budweiser has a delicate, crisp flavor with malty notes. Its iconic golden hue fills glasses all over the United States, and its recognizable cans fly off the shelves. Interestingly, Budweiser’s ingredients list includes rice along with malted barley, yeast, hops, and water. Giuliana Catachura – unsplash.com
Can Budweiser beer get you drunk?
One of the reasons people drink beer from time to time is to have fun. However, it’s essential to keep your limits in mind when doing so. For this reason, we’ve created this blog post. The information below will tell you exactly where the boundaries are for an average American male and female, so you know what to keep in mind before you start drinking: Five to six cans of Budweiser (5% ABV, 12oz/330ml) will get an average American male drunk (BAC of 0.109 – 0.131), whereas it will take four cans for a female (BAC of 0.115).
- For Bud Light (4.2% ABV, 12oz/330ml), it will take six cans for a male (BAC 0.11) and four cans for a female (BAC 0.096) to get drunk.
- Budweiser Zero won’t get you drunk because it’s dealcoholized and doesn’t have any alcohol.
- However, that certainly doesn’t answer the question entirely.
- Below, we’ll start with a quick definition of what being drunk is and what kind of BAC that requires.
Furthermore, we’ll talk about the effects of each type of Budweiser / Bud Light / Budweiser Zero when you drink one, three, and six cans.
Does beer have 5% alcohol?
What Is A Standard Drink? Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a drink. The amount of liquid in your glass, can, or bottle does not necessarily match up to how much alcohol is actually in your drink. Different types of beer, wine, or malt liquor can have very different amounts of alcohol content.
Regular beer: 5% alcohol content Some light beers: 4.2% alcohol content
That’s why it’s important to know how much alcohol your drink contains. In the United States, one “standard” drink (or one alcoholic drink equivalent) contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol, which is found in:
12 ounces of regular beer, which is usually about 5% alcohol 5 ounces of wine, which is typically about 12% alcohol 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which is about 40% alcohol
How do you know how much alcohol is in your drink? Even though they come in different sizes, the drinks below are each examples of one standard drink : Each beverage portrayed above represents one standard drink (or one alcoholic drink equivalent), defined in the United States as any beverage containing 0.6 fl oz or 14 grams of pure alcohol.