It's Here: Butterbeer in a Bottle, Plus the Ingredient List

September 10, 2020, 2:44 PM · Ever wish you could get an official Harry Potter Butterbeer in a bottle? Now you can. And you can get an official ingredient list for Butterbeer, too.

Unfortunately for Potter fans in America, official bottled Butterbeer is available at the moment only through Warner Bros. Studio Tour London in the United Kingdom. But the home of the Harry Potter film series is allowing UK residents to order the beverage online for home delivery, in addition to picking up bottles at the tour.

Bottles are available for £5.95 (limit three) on the tour's website. Each bottle has a collectable label designed by MinaLima. But the most interesting detail on the ordering page is the list of ingredients that the tour is displaying at the bottom of the page.

Ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, glucose syrup, pear juice concentrate, natural flavours, acid (lactic acid), fermented ginger root extract (water, glucose syrup, ginger root, pear juice concentrate, yeast), concentrate (apple, carrot, hibiscus), quillaia extract.

Other companies have marketed unofficial bottled "Butterbeer" in the past, but this is the first time an official version has been offered at a Harry Potter attraction.

The huge caveat here is that, until someone tastes this, we don't know how this bottled Butterbeer might differ from the traditional Butterbeer that is served on tap at the tour as well as the Universal theme parks around the world. Universal has said that its cold and frozen Butterbeers are dairy-free, gluten-free, and non-alcoholic, so the bottled version at least bears some similarity to the drink that millions of Universal fans have come to love.

We'd love to hear from someone who's tried the bottled version, though. So if you're in the UK, let us know once you've tried it.

Replies (7)

September 11, 2020 at 1:21 AM

I may not have the most sophisticated palette, but in my handful of WWHP butterbeer experiences I don’t remember a flavor profile anything at all like this ingredient list (pear? ginger? hibiscus??). This sounds refreshing and sophisticated, whereas I remember the butterbeer at Universal tasting mostly of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and marshmallow (also delicious, of course). Then again, I once read about the flavor of classic Coke, and was surprised to find natural cinnamon, lemon oil, and coriander among the ingredients, so perhaps these flavors do somehow magically generate that butterbeer flavo(u)r.

September 11, 2020 at 6:11 AM

I have tried both the Florida version and the WB tour version and remember them being very different drinks altogether. As Jonah stated, the american version is very much a vanilla/caramel/butterscotch affair (butter) where the Uk version was far more inline with a flavorful "beer", sweet and good for kids but also more adult in its taste.

I can remember being a little sad when, expecting a pint of the Florida stuff, I was given something else instead. That's not to badmouth the drink itself, it's just not what I was after at the time!

That was donkeys years ago though (2010 for FL, 2013 for the tour) so things may have changed since then I suppose but the drink on sale would confirm my memory isn't going to much to pot yet.

September 11, 2020 at 11:21 AM

I’ve tasted both and they tasted pretty much the same to me. Granted it was based on memory as I wasn’t doing a taste test so maybe there is a small difference. The ice cream also tasted the same.

September 11, 2020 at 1:09 PM

It’s awfully expensive. I can get imported US sodas cheaper...

September 11, 2020 at 4:08 PM

Well, "natural flavours" is potentially quite the catch-all there, isn't it?

September 12, 2020 at 2:41 PM

I've had both the US and UK draft versions as well and they are absolutely the same or basically the same recipe. I cannot sell the UK Studio Tour enough (it's seriously AMAZING) but the Butterbeer is the same.

My only question about the bottle is - what about the foam?

September 14, 2020 at 2:27 PM

I love Butterbeer, but I don't want to drink it at home. The waiting a year to have another one is the best part.

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