Belgium-based beer giant Anheuser-Busch (A-B) has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accuses it of misleading consumers that one of its locally made beer brand is imported.

The lawsuit was filed by Francisco Rene Marty, Seth Goldman, and Fernando Marquet in October 2013 when the complainants alleged that the advertisement and packaging of Beck’s misled consumers into believing that the beers were imported whereas they were produced in St Louis using water from Missouri that is different than the water from German rivers.

A-B changed its packaging while the lawsuit was pending and now mentions ‘Brewed in the USA’ or ‘Product of USA’ prominently.

While the company denied the allegations, it has agreed to refund money to customers who bought the beer after 1 May 2011.

Court documents mention that customers who submit receipts from Beck’s beer purchases will be able to receive a refund of 50 cents per six-pack up to a maximum of $50 per household.

Those without receipts will receive reimbursements of $12. Customers will be able to submit their claims through a website that will be created soon.

The three plaintiffs will receive up to $5,000 for representing the class, reported St Louis Post Dispatch.

A-B vice president of marketing Jorn Socquet said: "We believe our labeling, packaging and marketing of Beck’s have always been truthful, transparent and in compliance with all legal requirements.

"A-B brews Beck’s to the highest-quality standards, and is proud to employ some of the finest American brewmasters to produce Beck’s for the U.S. market."