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What does butterbeer taste like, how is butterbeer recipe made at Harry Potter Land?

Updated on November 29, 2010

Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Inside the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, drinking some butterbeer is one of the most popular things everyone wants to try. So just what does butterbeer taste like? How is butterbeer made? What is the recipe for buttterbeer? Let's find out!

First some history on butterbeer in the Harry Potter books and movies. It was a popular drink that Harry Potter and his friends had whenever they went to Hogsmeade village. It was never really said if butterbeer was suppose to be alcoholic or not, but I always thought it was.

At the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios, there are two places you can buy butterbeer. One is an outdoor cart right in the middle of Hogsmeade village. The other is inside Hogs Head Pub, which is attached to The Three Broomsticks restaurant.

Butterbeer at Hogsmeade village

Butterbeer tap inside Hogs Head Pub
Butterbeer tap inside Hogs Head Pub
Butterbeer cart in the middle of Hogsmeade village
Butterbeer cart in the middle of Hogsmeade village

Making The Butterbeer Recipe

Way back as Universal Studios was making The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, they knew butterbeer drink would be a big hit with Harry Potter fans. Who wouldn't want to be drinking the most popular drink of Harry Potter and found nowhere else!

That was the problem however. It did not exist, so they had to make it. Not only that but it had to be approved by J. K. Rowling herself. A team of chef's headed by Steven Jayson started mixing and testing ingredients for butterbeer recipe. Since it would be drank by kids it would not be alcoholic and had to be sweet.

Finally they took everything over to the UK, made what they thought it should taste like, and gave some to J. K. Rowling to try. She took a sip, broke out in a big smile and said "yes chef, this is it". So that is how butterbeer was made.

The butterbeer recipe is a closely guarded secret. They are not saying how it is made or what the ingredients are. It is dairy free, for those who can't take any dairy products. You can try to make butterbeer yourself but it's not going to taste like what they have.

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What does butterbeer taste like?

So just what DOES butterbeer taste like at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter? Most people describe the taste as a combination of cream soda and butterscotch, while others say it's like shortbread and butterscotch. All agree it's very sweet with a very thick head of foam on it.

How much does butterbeer cost? For a plastic cup it's around $4.00. For a hard plastic souvenir stein of butterbeer it's around $10.00. It actually comes in two versions; frozen and non frozen. The frozen butterbeer was preferred by some, while others liked the regular version.

The butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is non alcoholic so all can enjoy it. The line for it at the outside cart goes faster than inside the Hogs Head Pub. So if you make it to Harry Potter land at Universal Studios, make sure you try a mug of butterbeer, frozen or regular, and let me know what you think of it!

Hogsmeade village at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter


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      6 years ago

      So many great things at wwohp im gonna try frozen and regular

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      7 years ago

      I just went last week. Great! The ride is so incredible, but I have been out scouring for a butterbeer receipe because I can't stop thinking how much fun it would be to have them for the opening of the movie Midnight on Thursday. YEAH... Can't wait...

    • Bill Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Manning 

      7 years ago from Orlando, Fl.

      Yeah, if you like cream soda you'll love butterbeer. The foam head on it taste great too!

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      7 years ago

      well this sounds like an interesting brew....

    • Bill Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Manning 

      7 years ago from Orlando, Fl.

      plagiarism? No, I wrote this hub myself in my own words. Care to show me the article you think it matches?

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      7 years ago


    • Bill Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Manning 

      7 years ago from Orlando, Fl.

      I hope you all get to go to WWOHP soon! Yes butterbeer is pretty tasty. If you like cream soda then you'll love butterbeer.

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      Midnight Indigo 

      7 years ago

      I am SO jealous. I would absoluetely love to go to the WWOHP! Is Butterbeer really amazing? Oh I am seriously jealous!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Some day, I hope to get to the Three Broomsticks to have my own butterbeer. It is my understanding that butterbeer has been around for a long, long time though not Rowling's version.

    • Bill Manning profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Manning 

      8 years ago from Orlando, Fl.

      I'm glad you got to go. I'm going again this Saturday. Only I'll be going later in the evening. They stay open till 10:00 PM and the lights on in all the windows and castle is great.

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      8 years ago

      I just went to the WWoHP yesterday, and the butterbeer was FANTASTIC. Even better than I imagined it would be- definitely try some if you're in Hogsmeade. The counter person said she loves the frozen butterbeer, but I got the regular draft butterbeer and couldn't imagine anything better.

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting - it sounds like mead - so many spinoffs from Harry Potter, I never thought beer would be one :)


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