The bottles were manufactured with a longer-than-normal neck, which a number of consumers complained cracked off in their hands when they tried to open them. All twist-off bottles in 12 European countries including Spain, the Netherlands and Germany were taken off store shelves.
The recall of one of Europe's best selling imported beers began Wednesday. Budweiser bottles sold in the United Sates were not affected.
The 5.8 million bottles recalled were manufactured in Spain or Portugal, and filled at the company's Spanish brewery, said Anheuser-Busch's European director William McNulty.
The 12 countries affected account for 6 percent of the company's European sales, which are concentrated in Britain and Ireland, McNulty said. The recalled bottles represent less than 0.3 percent of Anheuser-Busch sales in Europe.