Philadelphia-- Beer lovers across the country have filed $5 million class-action lawsuits accusing Anheuser-Busch InBev of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.
The suits were filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states on behalf of consumers allegedly cheated out of the stated alcohol content. Budweiser and Michelob each boast of being 5 percent alcohol, while some "light" versions are said to be just over 4 percent.
Lead lawyer Josh Boxer of San Francisco said Tuesday the suits are based on information from former employees at some of the company's 13 U.S. breweries.
Anheuser-Busch InBev calls the claims groundless, and says its beers fully comply with labeling laws.
Boxer says the water is added just before bottling, and cuts the stated alcohol content by 3 to 8 percent.
Last week, the producer of Maker's Mark bourbon reversed a decision to cut the amount of alcohol in bottles of its famous whiskey after backlash from customers.