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#31 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 18:26

If it's advertised as containing 5% ABV then that's what it should contain, within a reasonable margin of error. The issue seems to be what margin of error is acceptable and whether people have been misled. If the alcohol content is out by 8%, as alleged, then that would mean a 5% ABV beer would only contain 4.6% ABV. This is where it depends on the regulations per country - in the EU the margin of error for beers not exceeding 5.5% ABV is 0.5%, so it would be within that margin; in Australia the labelling must be accurate to within 0.3%, so it would be outside that margin.

Providing it complies with the US regulations of alcohol labelling it's a perfectly valid business practice. When you consider the scale that these businesses operate on a small percentage can make a big difference to the profitability of a product. That said, deliberately aiming for the bottom end of the legally allowed margin of error is ethnically wrong as the regulations weren't intended to allow manufacturers to deliberately supply under the amount they advertise, so it's perfectly understandable that people are annoyed.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 19:56

Mass produced beer is garbage.

There are very few companies who actually put out a brew worth buying once in a while... but not very often.

I used to drink Labatt Blue then moved on to Alexander Keiths... and then it was Cold Shots... Then I found out about dark beer, and i've never looked back.. pale ale/ anything yellow is borderline disgusting... minus Corona..

Holsten Maibock is pretty damn good... dark and blonde varieties.

Guinness tastes like water to me, but maybe i'm doing it wrong.

#33 Torolol

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 19:57

i wonder if it possible to make something like redoxon beer,
just throw a (or two) tablets into a glass of water,
and those water will miracleously became beer.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 20:00

Since it was sold to a foreign entity I drink Coors.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 20:01

Mass produced beer is garbage.

There are very few companies who actually put out a brew worth buying once in a while... but not very often.

I used to drink Labatt Blue then moved on to Alexander Keiths... and then it was Cold Shots... Then I found out about dark beer, and i've never looked back.. pale ale/ anything yellow is borderline disgusting... minus Corona..

Holsten Maibock is pretty damn good... dark and blonde varieties.

Guinness tastes like water to me, but maybe i'm doing it wrong.


There are a lot of good pale ales out there. Try the micro brews and imports. Lots to choose from. And Corona is crap beer, IMO.

#36 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 20:01

Nothing beats an authentic Belgian or an Imperial IPA.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 21:33

^ It's the Belgians who took over A-B :s

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 00:42

All taste like **** to me, even the stuff some of you claim is "real beer".


It tastes like that to me too, which is why I prefer whiskey.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:11

Since the discussion here has sort of shifted to the exchange of personal beer preferences, I'd like to invite everyone to participate in Neowin's Beer Mega Poll!

#40 DocM

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 14:17

I drink nothing but micro-brews; local & regional small breweries that make some great beers. Michigan has several, as do some New England states, California and other midwestern states.

In this area -

Arbor Brewing Company (Ann Arbor)

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company (Ann Arbor)

Corner Brewery (Ypsilanti - in the Depot Town area)

Atwater Block Brewery (Detroit)

Detroit Beer Company (Detroit)

Great Baraboo Brewing Company (Clinton Twp)

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 17:02

It is amusing that the basis of the lawsuit is being cheated out of ABV.



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