South Devon

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Beer Scoring & the Good Beer Guide

Beer Scoring & the Good Beer Guide

All CAMRA members are able to score beers for venues they have visited. This is an important activity for all members as it is the means by which each individual can contribute to the process of selecting the branch's candidates for inclusion in the annual Good Beer Guide published each September.

Good Beer Guide App More details here

A full explanation can be found in the GBG Selection Process

How to Score your Beer

You can score your beer online at home or if you have a smart phone, do it in the pub. Beer scores can be submitted on paper at a Branch Meeting but the preferred option is to submit them direct online on the website.

Here are full instructions depending whether you use your pc, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

How to Beer Score on on your laptop or pc.

How to Beer Score on using your Tablet or Smartphone

QR codes

The QR Code, pictured right, is a bar code, which when read by a smart phone's (e.g. iPhone) scanning application will take you direct to WhatPub's Home page.

Some pubs might display their own QR code to assist with beer scoring. Scanning the QR code will take you direct to that pub's page in WhatPub, from where (after logging in) you can enter beer scores as described above.

Beers are scored from 0 for no real ale available, to 5 for the most sublime pint you have ever quaffed.

What do the scores mean?

0....... No cask ale available.

0.5.... Beer undrinkable/ Poor.

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

1.5.... Poor/Average.

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.

2.5.... Average/Good.

3....... 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.

3.5.... Good/Very Good.

4....... Very Good Excellent beer in excellent condition.

4.5.... Very Good/Perfect.

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

If you are out on a pub crawl or Mid Week Social and like to score all of your beers back at home here is a printable Beer Scoring Memo Form to enable you to make note of your scores through the day. The form contains the above scoring criteria as a reminder.

If you'd like to become more involved in CAMRA and help to get your favourite real ale pub listed in next year's Good Beer Guide, why not join CAMRA and start Beer Scoring. Then come along to one of our monthly branch meetings to help select the Pub & Club of the Year.


Click here to download a poster, see right, to encourage customers to submit beer scores