Beer loves from across the United States are accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down several of its brands of beer, including Budweiser, Michelob, and others, in several class-action law suits seeking millions in damages.
Suits were filed in Pennsylvania, California, and other states, all of which claim that consumers were cheated out of the alcohol content stated on the beers' labels. Both Budweiser and Michelob claim 5 percent alcohol content, while some "light" varieties claim about 4 percent alcohol.
The lawsuits are based upon information obtained from former employees at the company's 13 American breweries. Some of these sources were reportedly in high-level plant positions.
The lead lawsuit states that the alcohol content is mislabeled on the brands: Budweiser, Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, King Cobra, Busch Ice, Natural Ice, Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum and Bud Light Lime.
The lead lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco on Friday. Attorneys for the plaintiffs state that their lawsuit could affect tens of millions of consumers of products from the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch.
Josh Boxer, one of the attorneys behind the legal challenge, said:
'We learned about the mislabelling from a number of former employees of AB (Anheuser-Busch) at breweries throughout the United States,' Boxer said. 'And some high-level guys at the brewery level all told us that as a matter of AB corporate policy, these target brands are watered down."