At the end of September, there was a major overhaul of the National Beer Scoring System (NBSS). This system is used throughout CAMRA to rate beer quailty in Branch area pubs. Many branches (including ours) use the NBSS scores to guide our selection of Good Beer Guide and Pub of the Year Pubs.
The system itself, should be fairly easy if you’re used to the old system, however it’s directly tied into WhatPub? so you’ll have to maually add any pubs in branch areas who have not submitted their pubs (it’s not difficult, in fact it’s very similar to the old system).
Beer Scoring of obviously a subjective thing. To try and make things more consistent, there are guidelines as to what the scores mean: From the CAMRA NBSS page:
|0||Undrinkable. No cask ale available or so poor you have to take it back or can’t finish it.|
|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.|
The biggest problem is usually people over-scoring the quality of the beer. If you consistently find yourself awarding 4s and 5s, you may want to ask yourself if you’re not inflating your scores a bit. You should expect to score only one or two ‘Perfect’ scores a year (if at all). Most importantly, don’t let scoring get in the way and forget to enjoy your pint!