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Beer drinkers sue Anheuser-Busch InBev for watering down their beer
BBC Online ^ | 2/26/13 | BBC

Posted on 02/26/2013 8:38:54 PM PST by hoagy62

Beer drinkers in the US have filed a $5m lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down its beer.

The lawsuits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on beer labels.

The suit involves 10 Anheuser-Busch beers including Budweiser and Michelob.

Anheuser-Busch InBev have called the claims "completely false", and said in a statement "our beers are in full compliance with labelling laws".

The lawsuits are based on information from former employees at breweries owned by the multinational.

"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," lead lawyer Josh Boxer said.

The complaint claimed 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".

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beer; bud; cheating
And really....anyone who DIDN'T know this has got their head stuck somewhere dark and smelly.

Then again....is a lawsuit really going to help change things?

1 posted on 02/26/2013 8:39:01 PM PST by hoagy62
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To: hoagy62

If you watered down Budweiser, how the hell would anyone know?


2 posted on 02/26/2013 8:39:52 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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3 posted on 02/26/2013 8:42:19 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Exactly! How anyone can stomach this 'sex in a canoe' is beyond me.
There are so many REAL beers out there...
guess its for the 'on-one-helluva-budget' beer drinkers.
4 posted on 02/26/2013 8:44:22 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

If they think Budweiser is so bad, they should have tried the Hamm’s(tm) brand back when it was about. You can easily tell why the Hamm’s advertisements always referred to “From the land of Sparkling Water” in their jingle. Hamm’s literally is coloured water -and even blindfolded you can taste the difference.


5 posted on 02/26/2013 8:50:56 PM PST by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

If you watered down Budweiser, how the hell would anyone know?

A: You wouldn’t, if they called it Coors.

In reality, if I buy beer, it is from a micro-brewery like Burning River or Great Lakes or an import like Molson. I don’t drink enough beer to buy the watery Mega Brews like Budweiser and Miller.


6 posted on 02/26/2013 8:51:30 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: hoagy62

Someone drank a couple of twelve packs and didn’t get drunk enough? Distillers water down whiskey too.


7 posted on 02/26/2013 8:54:11 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: 45semi

“There are so many REAL beers out there...
guess its for the ‘on-one-helluva-budget’ beer drinkers.”

Spoken like a beer snob. We’re in a recession and don’t judge people on what they eat or drink. If it tastes great for other people so be it. My attitude is if you get buzzed, then it’s alright. Then again, it reminds me of my time in Singapore, Japan and Manila and the kids thought drinking Bud was cool and ‘elite” for them. Of course, I just smiled (snicker)


8 posted on 02/26/2013 8:56:46 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: hoagy62

It’s kind of why I don’t drink it in the first place.

If you thought it was watered down why would you keep buying it and drinking it?!?!


9 posted on 02/26/2013 8:57:43 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: hoagy62

Isn’t there a little thermometer like thing-e that tells you specific gravity and you can use that to determine alcohol content or something?

It’s Bud, what do they expect?


10 posted on 02/26/2013 8:57:47 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Utilizer

I seem to remember that jingle going: ‘From the land of sky blue waters’. I might be wrong about that tho, My old mellon is about gone! Anyone else remember it?


11 posted on 02/26/2013 9:02:12 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: 45semi
I've never like any A-B beers (can barely tolerate Busch), except for O'Douls, preferable the dark, and obviously, I can't complain about the alcohol content...

I think the highest ABV I've had probably was a Chimay while on a ski vacation in Switzerland.

12 posted on 02/26/2013 9:02:37 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Utilizer

Have you tried Griesedieck Beer? It’s not as bad as it tastes...if you’re really, really thirsty.


13 posted on 02/26/2013 9:03:17 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: hoagy62

I stopped drinking Crudweiser the minute I could afford anything else (Lost Coast Brewery/Lagunitas etc). But never looked at them again when I emailed them during the recall of Gray Davis and asked why they gave $50k to save a guy that was running the state into the ground. PR chick told me it was their right to do so and that maybe I should find another choice in beverages. I sure did.


14 posted on 02/26/2013 9:04:20 PM PST by ScottinSacto
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To: max americana
Not a snob, just now learning that variety is the spice when it comes to the (seems like) hundreds of micro-breweries out there now.
There are at least 5 different micro's within a dozen miles of my house!
Not that I'm a 'gourmet' or any judge, but I mostly drink beer while eating,
and find that some beers go better with diff. foods. Havent drunk beer for the buzz in a long time.
The buzz is had with the rum, tequila, etc...
15 posted on 02/26/2013 9:07:44 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: bobby.223

Hmmm. You could be right. Maybe it was the way we would mis-sing it at times that I am remembering instead. Granted, it was quite a few years back...


16 posted on 02/26/2013 9:08:42 PM PST by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: hoagy62

It’s called High Gravity Brewing. They have been doing it for ages.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/High_Gravity_Brewing


17 posted on 02/26/2013 9:08:56 PM PST by MCF
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To: Utilizer
Hamm's wasn't that bad compared to say, Utica Club, Schmidt's, or Stroh's.

I'll even throw in PBR, Schaeffer, and the reformulated Schiltz.

18 posted on 02/26/2013 9:10:11 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: count-your-change

I dunno. Having been forced to drink nothing but Guinness at one time I have some difficulty thinking much could be worse at this point.


19 posted on 02/26/2013 9:13:21 PM PST by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: Calvin Locke

Ever tried “Lucky Lager”(tm)? Had an aftertaste like the green slime on the side of rivers smelled like. Didn’t taste all that well either.


20 posted on 02/26/2013 9:18:14 PM PST by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: hoagy62; mylife; Brucifer; uamadan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na25s0F-jeg
ZZ Top - Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers


21 posted on 02/26/2013 9:19:10 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Calvin Locke

Busch I can drink, it’s cheap, it’s good and I can drink a frightening amount of beer. On special occasions I prefer either Belgian or certain US microbrews. This outfit is notorious. No surprises here. They bought Hoegardden and screwed with it too. I believe that situation was rectified one way or another.


22 posted on 02/26/2013 9:24:53 PM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: Calvin Locke

My dear old mother used to set her hair with Brown Derby that she bought at Safeway! Bout all it was good for!


23 posted on 02/26/2013 9:35:30 PM PST by vette6387
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To: hoagy62
Under the Anheuser Bush--Billy Murray (1904)
24 posted on 02/26/2013 9:39:24 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Calvin Locke
All the Rochester, NY suburban Dads with their Genny Cream Ale's on the weekends... (mid 70’s kid memory)!

I like a good Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss. I don't know if I spelled it right, but stick a lemon wedge in and I'm good to go. Or I'll stick with a nice white wine. Yeah, I'm a girl. Budweiser was when I wanted to drink quantity not quality in those not so distant college days. Still, once in a while it was fine but do people really have to sue over Bud being watered down? Really? What was the clue, you need to drink the whole case to get a little tipsy?

25 posted on 02/26/2013 9:47:01 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: Calvin Locke
Hamm's wasn't that bad compared to say, Utica Club, Schmidt's, or Stroh's.

I'll even throw in PBR, Schaeffer, and the reformulated Schiltz.

How about Ba Mư'o'i Ba (33)?

26 posted on 02/26/2013 9:49:22 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: MacMattico
Have a Bud!


27 posted on 02/26/2013 9:56:39 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: bobby.223
I seem to remember that jingle going: ‘From the land of sky blue waters'.

Yep: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxBEodMKSDI

28 posted on 02/26/2013 10:06:32 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Fiji Hill

Ahh... Had forgotten my Samson beir history lesson!


29 posted on 02/26/2013 10:13:15 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: hoagy62

Brewery foreman: “Betty, I’m so sorry to have to tell you this, but Barney fell in a vat and drowned, just a short while ago.
“No, he didn’t suffer. In fact it looks like he climbed out a couple times to pee.”


30 posted on 02/26/2013 10:27:18 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: hoagy62

Next they will sue farmers for high water content in their watermelons.

Pisswater is pisswater no mater how much you spend on graphics.


31 posted on 02/26/2013 10:33:32 PM PST by NoLibZone (We have the nation we deserve. I predict FR will hate GOP Candidate for 2016 , because of his shoes.)
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To: Calvin Locke

Hamm’s wasn’t that bad compared to say, Utica Club, Schmidt’s, or Stroh’s.

I’ll even throw in PBR, Schaeffer, and the reformulated Schiltz.
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There was also Grand Prize (3 quarts for 99 cents in late 1950s), Pearl, Blatz, Jax (I worked with a PHD Chemist who was part owner with his two sisters) and Cold Brau ($2.98 a case in the late 1950s when I was a young teen). ...Hard to believe that we drank that stuff, but pennies counted back then and gas was around 17 cents a gallon.


32 posted on 02/26/2013 11:18:59 PM PST by octex
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To: max americana

Funny... hipsters here hold a can of PBR as a fashion statement.


33 posted on 02/26/2013 11:52:34 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Utilizer

“From the land of Sparkling Water”
No it was

“From the land of sky blue waters” Hams the beer refreshing”


34 posted on 02/27/2013 12:33:16 AM PST by jokar (The Church age is the only age man will be able to glorify Christ, http://www.basictraining.org/)
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To: hoagy62
Schlitz used to be America's number one beer. Then they messed with it to cut costs and increase production.

Does anyone drink Shitz anymore?

The market solves problems thaat lawsuits cannot.

35 posted on 02/27/2013 1:10:06 AM PST by D Rider
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To: hoagy62
"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," lead lawyer Josh Boxer said.

Uh, shouldn't your information come from labratory testing a representative sample of bottled product, instead of from disgruntled union affiliated former employees?

36 posted on 02/27/2013 2:56:39 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: hoagy62

It was watered down piss 40 years ago ...Can’t imagine what it tastes like now .


37 posted on 02/27/2013 3:43:37 AM PST by sushiman
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To: hoagy62

They should hope it’s something as wholesome as water diluting this beer. Just like European beef, perhaps they’ll find some “Extract of Clydesdale”.


38 posted on 02/27/2013 3:56:20 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: count-your-change
Have you tried Griesedieck Beer? It’s not as bad as it tastes...

Is it pronounced "greasy dick"? If I ever come across that one, I'll let my wife try it. Then I'll show her the label.

Spaten Lager fan here, that's my usual.

39 posted on 02/27/2013 4:12:25 AM PST by Max in Utah ("This is our land, mixed with our blood, strengthened with our bone. Ours!")
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To: hoagy62

I gave up on American beers along time ago. My favorite is a big cold bottle of Corona.


40 posted on 02/27/2013 4:35:50 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Max in Utah

According to The Dictionary of Name Pronunciation:
Griesedieck is pronounced
GREE-za-deck.

See the Wikipedia entry for company history, etc.

Myself, when I drink beer I prefer a very dark porter.


41 posted on 02/27/2013 5:51:31 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: octex

I remember beer like Blatz selling for $1.39 a six pack (steel cans, of course).


42 posted on 02/27/2013 5:58:55 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: 45semi

There are two occasions on which I will drink Bud:

1. I really want something beer-like but can’t quite swing a good craft brew.
2. Someone else is paying for it.


43 posted on 02/27/2013 6:26:16 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: hoagy62

This would be easily solved with a cheap laboratory test.


44 posted on 02/27/2013 6:31:16 AM PST by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: Sloth

It could be, but I don’t recall seeing any alcohol % claimed on the label.


45 posted on 02/27/2013 7:28:17 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: hoagy62
"Our information comes from former employees at Anheuser-Busch...

Consider the source. They're probably FORMER employees for a reason.

46 posted on 02/27/2013 11:48:20 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: DH
My favorite is a big cold bottle of Corona.

Corona- the Budweiser of Mexico and the Carribean.

47 posted on 02/27/2013 11:56:05 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Utilizer

Ever try “Iron City”? - only beer I’ve ever found that tastes worse the more you have...


48 posted on 02/28/2013 6:56:12 AM PST by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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