Judge Rules Budweiser’s Watery Beer Isn’t Diluted on Purpose

The suit claimed Anheuser-Busch added water to skimp on costs.
The suit claimed Anheuser-Busch added water to skimp on costs.Photo: Budweiser

According to no less an authority than the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, if you’ve ever quaffed a Bud, Bud Light Lime, Michelob Ultra, Hurricane High Gravity Beer, or other Anheuser-Busch InBev brew and thought, Gee, this tastes really watery, you’re probably right, it does, but not because AB InBev adds water to the finished product to purposefully lower the alcohol content and deceive customers. That’s what plaintiffs in eight states had claimed in a lawsuit filed last year seeking more than $5 million that AB was doing to at least 11 of its beers to save money. In its dismissal this week, however, the court pointed out that the Federal Alcohol Administration permits an ABV “tolerance” of ±0.3 percent on labels, and none of the plaintiffs was alleging alcohol content outside of that range — in other words, y’all’s problem is with the law. Moral of this story is if your beer tastes too watery, always just blame the buyer. [Riverfront Times, Earlier]