Beer Scoring

The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is a 0-5 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. 

How do I take part?

To submit your scores please visit... WhatPub


What do I need to record?

  • You log in to WhatPub with your Membership No. and password.
  • Search for the Pub
  • Select Beer Scoring
  • Complete the fields and submit.
  • A score out of 5 (0.5 increments are acceptable)
  • The name of the Brewery
  • The name of the beer

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.

Half Scores 0.5 are acceptable.

How often do I complete a card or submit an entry?

This is down to personal preference. You may choose to score per beer or per pub, averaging your score for each pub visit. In the latter case, the beer name (unless you've only been drinking a single beer) can be left blank. If you score the Beers WhatPub will keep a diary of this for you, useful if you wish to recall that great beer you drank a few weeks ago but just can't seem to recall its name.

How is the information being collated?

Once you have submitted your scores online your Branch NBSS/GBG Co-ordinators use these to produce the scoring data sheets handed out at branch meetings, annually these scores are assessed and are used as selction criteria for The Good Beer Guide. (Score reports when handed are anonymized and show no personal data).

You can also view and edit your own scores in   Log on with your member Number and password.

 Have Fun Drinking and Scoring your Beers.