Anheuser-Busch sued for $5 million over watered-down beer; brands include Budweiser, Michelob

Alcohol content allegedly reduced 3 to 8 percent

PHILADELPHIA - Anheuser-Busch has been sued for $5 million dollars following accusations that the company watered down its beer, including Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.

The class-action lawsuits were filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states on behalf of consumers allegedly cheated out of the beverage's stated alcohol content. Budweiser and Michelob each boast being 5 percent alcohol, while some "light" versions are said to be just over 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.

InBev, the multinational parent company of Anheuser-Busch, calls the claims groundless, and says its beers fully comply with labeling laws.

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