Lawsuit claims Anheuser-Busch beers are watered down

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Class-action lawsuits have been filed in three states accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down its brand-name beers.

Former employees at the company’s breweries tell Time Magazine they “routinely” watered down popular beers like Budweiser, Michelob, Natural Ice, Michelob Ultra, Bud Ice, Bud Light Lime and Bud Light Platinum, reports.

According to, lawsuits were filed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California by beer drinkers who accuse the company of leading them to believe the brews contain more alcohol than their labels indicate. reports the suits all seek damages of more than $5 million.

Lawyers argue the practice of watering down beers can lower the amount of alcohol they contain by 3 to 8 percent, reports.

According to a lawsuit filed in San Francisco, the company “accelerated the deceptive practices” in an effort to “reduce costs” after merging with InBev in 2008, reports. The merger created the world’s largest beer company.

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