National Beer Scoring For The Good Beer Guide

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

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.

WhatPub allows CAMRA members to leave their beer scores for the Good Beer Guide, having logged on with membership no. and password,(your postcode without spaces and in small letters), you can enter beer scores for the pubs you visit. Just a little practice will show you there is superb predictive text. Start typing SALOPIAN and before you have reached the L, it will offer the complete word. And having entered the brewery name, it will then list all the beers made by that brewery, and all you have to do is click on it.

National Beer Scoring Guide

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.


In addition TES CAMRA makes annual awards to pubs, clubs and breweries located within our branch area. These awards are made subject to a selection and voting process which you can find out more about here.