Michelob Honey Wheat is Not Vegan Friendly

by Anheuser-Busch
Address: One Busch Place
St. Louis, MO, 63118
USA
Phone: 1-888-287-2400
Fax:
Email: yourbeeradvisor@bassbeer.com
URL: http://www.anheuser-busch.com/
Checked by: Jason, a certified beer school instructor for the company.
Double checked by: Issue Two of Herbivore Magazine, Brian, Dallas, Jason, Elise, Lyrette, Heidi, Kristin, Katherine, Benjie, Erika
Added: about 5 years ago

Company email (October 2013):
"Anheuser-Busch beers vary in the type and mix of ingredients, and in certain refinements of the brewing process used to achieve their distinctive and unique characteristics. But, the majority of our products are brewed without any artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives. In addition, none of Anheuser-Busch brewed beers or other products contain any animal ingredients (such as milk, eggs, etc), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin, except for two small volume brands: Budweiser & Clamato Chelada and Bud Light & Clamato Chelada. Both the Chelada beverages contain shellfish.
Lime-A-Rita is made using malted barley, cereal grains, yeast, hops, flavors, and sweetners. It contains high fructose corn syrup. Straw-Ber-Ita is made using barley malt, non-malted cereal grains, hops, & water. We use a strawberry flavor that contains derivatives of real strawberries. This beer also contains high fructose corn syrup. It contains sucralose, color Red #40, and caramel coloring."

Company email regarding sugar (June 2013):
"Our beers are brewed with all-natural ingredients and we do not add sugar to them. All of the sugar that is fermented by yeast is a result of the mashing of grains towards the beginning of the brewing process. If you would like to know the ingredients of specific beers, feel free to reply to this email or give us a call.

Additionally, we do not brew beers with any animal ingredients (milk, eggs, etc.), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin. While we are not certified vegan by Vegan Action, PETA, or the American Vegetarian Association, we are confident that our beers would qualify."

Company email (May 2013):
"Lime-A-Rita is made using malted barley, cereal grains, yeast, hops, flavors and sweetener. We sweetener we use is a small amount of High Fructose Corn Syrup. There are no animal ingredients in Bud Light Lime-A-Rita or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin. Therefore, it would be considered Vegan. With this said, we have no applied for certification to state that our products are Vegan although we are confident our beers would quality."

Company email (February 2012):
"Thanks for getting in touch with Anheuser-Busch. It’s great to hear you’re interested in King Cobra and Hurricane. I would love to answer your questions.
We use no sugar cane or dextrose in either of these beers. The sweetness comes from the all natural grains consisting of barley malt, cereal grains, hops and yeast.
None of Anheuser-Busch brewed beers or other products contain any animal ingredients (such as milk, eggs, etc), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin. Occasionally we will brew a honey beer, which uses real, all-natural honey.

You wanted to know if Anheuser-Busch beers are okay for vegans? At this time, we have not applied for certification from the American Vegetarian Association, although we are confident our beers would qualify."

Company email (August 2011):

"Redbridge is brewed using only water, hops, corn, sorghum and yeast. It is brewed without any artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives. In addition, it is not brewed with any animal ingredients (such as milk, eggs, etc), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin. While our beers are brewed at multiple locations, the process is exactly the same."

Company email (August 2011):

"Anheuser-Busch beers vary in the type and mix of ingredients, and in certain refinements of the brewing process used to achieve their distinctive and unique characteristics. But, the majority of our products are brewed without any artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives. In addition, none of Anheuser-Busch brewed beers or other products contain any animal ingredients (such as milk, eggs, etc), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin, except for two small volume brands: Budweiser & Clamato Chelada and Bud Light & Clamato Chelada. Both the Chelada beverages contain shellfish."

Company Email: June 2011
BudSelect.com@anheuser-busch.com
"SELECT 55 is made with black and caramel malts, select cereal grains, and a blend of imported and domestic hops. There are not any artificial ingredients or artificial sugars in this beer as it is made with only a few natural ingredients. SELECT 55 is only produced at Anheuser-Busch breweries in the United States and it is not manufactured anywhere else in the world at this time.

Anheuser-Busch beers vary in the type and mix of ingredients, and in certain refinements of the brewing process used to achieve their distinctive and unique characteristics. But, the majority of our products are brewed without any artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives. In addition, none of Anheuser-Busch brewed beers or other products contain any animal ingredients (such as milk, eggs, etc), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin, except for two small volume brands: Budweiser & Clamato Chelada and Bud Light & Clamato Chelada. These two beverages contain shellfish."

Company Email: May 2011
DialBud@anheuser-busch.com
"Anheuser-Busch beers are brewed around the world using water, yeast, barley malt, hops and cereal grains (such as rice, corn, or sorghum). None of Anheuser-Busch brewed beers or other products contain any animal ingredients (such as milk, eggs, etc), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin - except for three small volume brands called Michelob Honey Lager, Michelob Honey Wheat, and Michelob Golden Honey Wheat. These beers use real, all-natural honey.

ZiegenBock is brewed with the finest water, roasted barley malt, rice, hops, and yeast. To learn more about Anheuser-Busch beers, please check out www.anheuser-busch.com. "

Company Email: Feb 2011 BudCentral@anheuser-busch.com
"Anheuser-Busch beers vary in the type and mix of ingredients, and in certain refinements of the brewing process used to achieve their distinctive and unique characteristics. But, the majority of our products are brewed without any artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives. In addition, none of Anheuser-Busch brewed beers or other products contain any animal ingredients (such as milk, eggs, etc), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin, except for five small volume brands: Michelob Honey Lager, Michelob Honey Wheat, Michelob Golden Honey Wheat, Budweiser & Clamato Chelada, and Bud Light & Clamato Chelada. The three Michelob beers just mentioned use real honey and both the Chelada beverages contain shellfish." '

Company email from guest@labatt.com regarding Budweiser: Nov 25, 2010
"You will be pleased to hear that we do not use any animal products in our beer or the production of it."

Company Email from NaturalLight.com@anheuser-busch.com
"Anheuser-Busch beers vary in the type and mix of ingredients, and in certain refinements of the brewing process used to achieve their distinctive and unique characteristics. But, the majority of our products are brewed without any artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives. In addition, none of Anheuser-Busch brewed beers or other products contain any animal ingredients (such as milk, eggs, etc), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin, except for five small volume brands: Michelob Honey Lager, Michelob Honey Wheat, and Michelob Golden Honey Wheat, Budweiser Clamato Chelada, and Bud Light Clamato Chelada. The three Michelob beers just mentioned use real honey and both the Chelada beverages contain shellfish.

Natural Light is brewed using 100% natural ingredients which include a blend of premium American and imported hops, a combination of malt and corn, as well as yeast and water. Its longer brewing process produces a lighter body, fewer calories and an easy-drinking character.

Company Email from yourbeeradvisor@bassbeer.com
"Anheuser-Busch beers are brewed around the world using water, yeast, barley malt, hops and cereal grains (such as rice, corn, or sorghum).
None of our beers, including Bass, contain any animal ingredients (such as milk, eggs, etc), or process aids such as isinglass or gelatin, except for two small volume brands called Michelob Honey Lager and Michelob Honey Wheat, which use real honey."

EDITORS NOTE:
That would be the Budweiser and Michelob people. Please note: Anheuser-Busch owns Sea World, and is a major sponsor of professional rodeos.

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