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Drinkers sue Anheuser-Busch for 'watering down' beer

Paprikaboy Feb 27, 2013 12:01 PM

Allegedly they've been watering down Bud.
I'm surprised anyone could tell.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21...

  1. JAB Feb 27, 2013 12:11 PM

    Exactly, how could they tell?

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      chuckl Feb 27, 2013 01:49 PM

      If they didn't want watered down beer they shouldn't be drinking budweiser

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      1. re: chuckl
        The Professor Feb 28, 2013 05:00 PM

        LOL. True that.

        It's pretty well known (I thought) that AB brews at High gravity and then 'cuts' the brew as needed to standard strength (and to lower strengths for the states that still require that).

        I'm not an AB fan or apologist (though they do definitely make a few very worthy spcialty products) , but this whole brew-ha-ha is non-story.
        Unless false labeling or deceptive advertising can be proven, this dumb lawsuit doesn't stand a chance.

      2. Jim Dorsch Feb 28, 2013 05:17 AM

        It tests at indicated strength. Go figure.

        http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013...

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        1. re: Jim Dorsch
          JAB Feb 28, 2013 07:16 AM

          That's a trick!

        2. Insidious Rex Feb 28, 2013 10:41 AM

          This real story is better than most April Fools jokes I can remember.

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            Dinermite Feb 28, 2013 10:53 AM

            LOL!!! Makers Mark attempted to water down their bourbon, until the word got out and the public made a huge stink about it and they stopped that plan. I wouldn't be surprised if most breweries/distilleries have been watering down their products for quite some time by now. Everyone is cutting corners to the point it's pathetic and not worth purchasing anymore.

            1. MOREKASHA Feb 28, 2013 11:24 AM

              Silly stuff. Who said Spud was a stout or even a pale ale? It's not even a real lager. Aged,what 3 days?

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              1. re: MOREKASHA
                Jim Dorsch Feb 28, 2013 12:34 PM

                If it's cold-aged, (and it is aged longer than three days), then it is a real lager.

                1. re: MOREKASHA
                  porker Mar 5, 2013 05:10 AM

                  Its aged under strict controls in the truck on the way to the store.

                2. MOREKASHA Feb 28, 2013 12:35 PM

                  Jim, by definition yes. By taste and body (to my taste) not really

                  1. Insidious Rex Mar 1, 2013 10:28 AM

                    Do we think the Brewers Association is behind this or more likely some direct macro beer competitor to ABInBev?

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                    1. re: Insidious Rex
                      JessKidden Mar 1, 2013 11:17 AM

                      More likely disgruntled A-B workers and ex-workers, self-styled "patriots" annoyed with A-B's purchase by InBev and/or people who don't understand the concept of the "high gravity brewing" process or how widespread it is (even among some craft breweries, reputedly).

                      AB's been on the other side of a similar controversy, which resulted in a lawsuit over the process, altho' it was where the water came from not the amount of it that was the important factor in that one http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/14/bus...

                      1. re: Insidious Rex
                        Jim Dorsch Mar 1, 2013 11:50 AM

                        There is no way the Brewers Association is involved with this. They wouldn't make such an attack, and even if they did, they would stand up and do it themselves.

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                          LStaff Mar 5, 2013 04:41 AM

                          Agreed. But I wouldn't think they would be involved in an attack - via a "blacklist"- of brands that don't meet their self serving definition of craftbeer either.

                          1. re: LStaff
                            Jim Dorsch Mar 5, 2013 06:00 AM

                            Well, the business of the definition has been going on for a long time. I believe they've painted themselves into a corner with that. I don't think small brewers have a beef against the large brewers, outside of issues regarding access to market.

                            1. re: Jim Dorsch
                              The Professor Mar 5, 2013 10:28 AM

                              I agree. If they do have a beef against the bigs for other than marketplace access issues, then it's just more snobbery. The BA has provided great support and generated some great PR hype for the small brewers, but unfortunately, they do seem to lean towards and encourage snobbery to some degree with their attitudes and "rules" about what's "craft" and what isn't. In the end, it's really irrelevant. Brewing itself _is_ a "craft".

                              Anyway, I'm sure that the BA did not instigate this particular BUD controversy...but it's probably very safe to say that they are certainly reveling in it. LOL.

                              1. re: The Professor
                                Jim Dorsch Mar 5, 2013 06:33 PM

                                This story gives some perspective from craft brewers. Please note Mitch Steele's comments at the end.

                                http://www.brewbound.com/news/waterga...

                      2. MOREKASHA Mar 5, 2013 07:09 AM

                        Bud is what it is. A modern product. No matter what you say about the fellas running it (or their product) , they're no dummies. They ain't puling a Schlitz.

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