Beer Scoring

As per CAMRA’s recommendations, Mid-Chilterns CAMRA scores beers in order to decide their shortlist for the Good Beer Guide pub selection. We have a meeting each December to look at the beer scores for the previous 12 months. We then try and visit the top ones to check out the quality of beer and in January we shortlist the top 8 pubs from Bucks and top 8 pubs from Herts (we can only put 8 from Bucks and 8 from Herts in the Guide). If you want your favourite pub to stand a chance of meeting the criteria, please submit beer scores forthe quality and condition of their beer.

Mid Chilterns Branch has 850+ members but only about 30 of those submit scores. The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) 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. You can score your beer online, at home or if you have a smart phone in the pub!

To submit your scores just visit http://whatpub.com. Log into the site using your CAMRA membership number and password. Once you have found a pub on the site, you can start scoring.

You can find out more at http://whatpub.com/beerscoring You need to record the location and name of the pub (WhatPub mobile can work this out!), the date you visited the pub, a score out of 5, the name of the beer/brewery.

The scores mean the following:
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.


You can also enter half scores, e.g. 3.5 for good to very good beer. You shouldn’t mark down a beer just because you don’t like it because if the beer is in good condition it should be marked accordingly. It isn’t about personal preference; it is about the quality and condition of the beer.

Once beer scores have been submitte online, CAMRA branches can download
them and use them to help in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide selection process. For more information, go to http://camra.org.uk/nbss.

It is REALLY important that we get more branch members scoring as the committee can’t get to every single pub in the branch (nearly 200) more than once a year, if that, so we rely on local members scoring their local pubs. Landlords often ask us why they aren’t in the Guide, as do members occasionally, but we need at least 5 different people to put in a score per pub each year and at least 10 different visits to the pub in order for it to have an average score and a chance of being on the shortlist. PLEASE help us and the local pubs by submitting scores on a regular basis. We would also ask Landlords to encourage their regular CAMRA members to put their scores in.

Thank you in advance for your help and consideration!

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