National Beer Scoring System

The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is an 11 point scale (including .5 points for judging beer quality in pubs. It is an easy to use system that has been designed to assist 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 -

Beer scores can now be entered onto WhatPub.  Log in using your membership number and password and then go to the Beer Scoring heading at the bottom of the page.  Then click on Start Scoring and select your pub, the date you visited and its score, with brewery and beer name where possible.   You will also be able to see your previous scores on this site.

What is being recorded?

  • Surveyor & Membership No.
  • Date of survey
  • Pub
  • Location & GBG County/Area
  • Score out of 5
  • Beer name (optional)

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.


Within these numbers you can add 0.5, 1.5, 2.5, etc. and a description of these scores is illustrated.

How often do I complete a card/enter scores onto WhatPub?

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.

Where do I get the cards?

By downloading and printing this file.

What do you do with your filled in cards?


You can send the details electronically by clicking here (this is the preferred method) or if the card is for a Mid Chilterns Pub and you cannot use the CAMRA website you can send it to the branch Beer Scores Officer or if you’re not sure which branch the pub belongs to send it by post to CAMRA HQ at:

Campaign for Real Ale
230 Hatfield Road
St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 4LW
Tel: 01727-867201

Fax: 01727-867670