PHILADELPHIA (February 26, 2013)--Beer lovers across the country have filed $5 million class-action lawsuits that accuse Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.
The suits were filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states on behalf of consumers who claim they were cheated out of the beverages’ stated alcohol content.
Budweiser and Michelob each boast being 5 percent alcohol, while some "light" versions are said to be just more than 4 percent.
Lead lawyer Josh Boxer of San Rafael, Calif., said Tuesday the suits are based on information from former employees at some of the company's 13 U.S. breweries.
Boxer said water is added just before bottling, and cuts the stated alcohol content by 3 to 8 percent.
The multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev calls the claims groundless, and says its beers fully comply with labeling laws.