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Campaign for Real Ale

National Beer Scoring Scheme

Have you ever wondered how pubs are selected for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide?

Scoring beer in pubs is really easy! The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is a 0-5 (0 = No cask ale available) point scale for judging beer quality in pubs. It is an easy to use system that has been designed to assist CAMRA branches in selecting pubs for the Good Beer Guide and also monitor beer quality by encouraging CAMRA members from any part of the world to report beer quality on any pub in the UK.

If you are a CAMRA member, we want you to tell us about the quality of beer in the pubs you visit. If you are not a member, why not join Europe's most successful consumer organisation?

How do I score my beer? You can score your beer online at home or if you have a smart phone in the pub! To submit your scores just visit http://whatpub.com. Log into the site using your CAMRA membership number and password. Once you have agreed to the terms and conditions and found a pub on the site, you can start scoring. You can find out more here http://whatpub.com/beerscoring

What do I need to record?

• The location and name of the pub (WhatPub mobile can work this out!)

• The date you visited the pub

• A score out of 5

• The name of the beer

We will also need your name and membership number but once you have registered these are recorded automatically in WhatPub

What do the scores mean?

0. No cask ale available.

1. Poor. Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.

2. Average. Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.

3. Good. Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.

4. Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition.

5. Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

What if I can't decide on a score? The NBSS allows you to enter half scores.

How do I score a beer I don't like? Ideally a beer should be scored to reflect how it has been kept. In other words its condition. However the ability to distinguish between a beer that is in poor condition, is unpalatable to our tastes but is meant to taste like that, or has been poorly made is going to be difficult for the untrained taster. In these cases it is better to score the beer as it honestly tastes to you. After all even if you don’t like carrot and coriander ale, others may well do and therefore score it higher.

How do I ensure I am scoring appropriately? It is important to realise that the scale is not linear. Only 0.5 and 1 indicate poor beer. This allows a wider range of scores for beer that is anything from uninspiring to perfection in a glass. Most worthy Good Beer Guide pubs tend to score either a 3 or 4 for their beers. Bland, uninspiring beers score a 2 and a 5 is something given once or twice a year. It is always worth reminding yourself of the descriptions associated with each of the numbers.

How do I edit my scores? To edit your scores go to https://pubzilla.camra.org.uk/beerscoring/

Beer Scoring Cards - The following cards can be printed and used to record your scores so that you can submit them later online. National Beer Scoring Card PDF

How is the information being collated? Once beer scores have been submitted online, CAMRA branches can download them and use them to help in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide selection process. For more information, please visit the Pub Data and GBG resources page. (You will need to login with your CAMRA membership number).

Video - Why you should score your beer:

Video - How to submit your beer scores: