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#16 n_K

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:03

This lawsuit doesn't stand a chance because beer consists mostly of water anyway (up to 96%).

Not 96% afaik.
The '4%' on the label refers to the amount of ethanol there is in it, if it was pure 4% ethanol and 96% water you'd have a very weak vodka, beer on the other hand has barley and other things in it which give it the distinctive taste, it is certainly not (well shouldn't be and stuff in the UK isn't) 96% water.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:55

Not 96% afaik.
The '4%' on the label refers to the amount of ethanol there is in it, if it was pure 4% ethanol and 96% water you'd have a very weak vodka, beer on the other hand has barley and other things in it which give it the distinctive taste, it is certainly not (well shouldn't be and stuff in the UK isn't) 96% water.


Vodka is a distilled beverage and you are right in saying that it is a mix of ethanol with water. However, beer is different; it is a fermented drink; it is brewed; it's not distilled, speaking about the real stuff.

It takes a lot more than 4% of barley of the total (final) mass to produce beer. Because it is a fermented drink, the yield is not just a sum of the ingredients.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:33

This lawsuit doesn't stand a chance because beer consists mostly of water anyway (up to 96%).


They said the same about milk years ago when farmers would add water to get a higher yield. Now there are analysis methods to check the water content, and if it's too high the batch gets rejected and you can be fined.

I don't know if the same system can be used for alcohol since it has a much lower freezing point but it can be analysed.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 15:54

Why is this a surprise? I've tried American beer. It's ALL watered down!


Hey -- we use only the finest toilet water. :p

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 16:01

What I would like to know is, if this class action suit wins, what happens? This probably covers around 80% of adult americans. No way everybody is going to get compensated.
Sounds more like a pay day for lawyers.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 16:04

^ Every Anheuser-Busch customer gets a free 6-pack. :D

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 16:09

I drank beer in Munich Germany and to me that is the best beer. Unfortunately I live in the U.S.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 16:23

I drank beer in Munich Germany and to me that is the best beer. Unfortunately I live in the U.S.

I have found that local breweries make the best stuff. There's one around here called Straight to Ale, and they have some fantastic beers. It can be tricky finding them, but if you ask around, good beer is being made in the States--it's just generally not found in the supermarkets.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 16:25

I drank beer in Munich Germany and to me that is the best beer. Unfortunately I live in the U.S.


German beer is great. We have some nice beers here in Holland as well

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 16:27

Hey -- we use only the finest toilet water. :p


As I once read on a toilet wall in a pub.
Don't take the P*** out of our beer, 'cause we don't.

I stopped drinking Bud years ago after I found Guinness. When I'm in the US I've been known to sink a few Sam Adams.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 17:10

They said the same about milk years ago when farmers would add water to get a higher yield. Now there are analysis methods to check the water content, and if it's too high the batch gets rejected and you can be fined.

I don't know if the same system can be used for alcohol since it has a much lower freezing point but it can be analysed.


There should be no added water in milk, unless it's marketed as milk (a milk by-product) that's been made from the condensed milk or the milk powder.

When it comes to beer, my understanding is that the regulation only specifies the contents, not the recipe or how it should be made (the sequence of the production process; sure, there are product safety guidelines, but that's not it).

And as the defence, has already said:

Our beers are in full compliance with all alcohol labeling laws



So, if you look at the label of a beer bottle, under the ingredients it will say: water, malted barley, hops.

The judge will throw away this case as soon as the process starts. There's no substance. And not one consumer has been duped.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 17:14

There's no way in hell those beers are 5% ABV.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 17:16

I know one of our local breweries (Molson) would brew the beer to double strength then cut it with water to double the volume needed to meet the demand. It was too costly to increase the size of the brewery.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 17:21

I know one of our local breweries (Molson) would brew the beer to double strength then cut it with water to double the volume needed to meet the demand. It was too costly to increase the size of the brewery.


Of course, all the corporations are greedy by definition and they will do anything to maximize the profits and decrease the costs.

As for the water, the law doesn't say when it should be added, the sequence of the production process. It just allows for certain ingredients in certain amounts to be there so the final product can be called beer.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 17:29

The ingredients do not have to be displayed. When they state it contains water, barley, and hops, they are just boasting they follow the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Purity law of 1516).
Alcoholic beverages must contain the alcohol content by volume in percentage or proof.