National Beer Scoring System - CAMRA
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National Beer Scoring System

The National Beer Scoring Scheme

Have you ever wondered how CAMRA members select pubs for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide? The National Beer Scoring Scheme (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.

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How do I take part?

To submit your scores please visit

You can get handy NBSS cards to take with you to the pub to record the information. The cards can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

What do I need to record?

  • Your name & Membership No.
  • The date you visited the pub
  • The Name of the Pub
  • Where the pub is located
  • A score out of 5
  • The name of the beer (optional)

What do the scores mean?

  1. Undrinkable. No cask ale available or so poor you have to take it back or can't finish it.
  2. Poor. Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition.
  6. Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

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.

How is the information being collated?

Once you have submitted your scores online your Branch GBG Co-ordinators can contact HQ so that they can see scores for their area in

For more information on the National Beer Scoring Scheme, please email .

* National Beer Scoring System - Score Cards   

Sheets of Scorecards as a PDF file for you to download and use. If you are unable to open this document, right click the button and choose the option to save it to a local disk.

* A National Beer Scoring System Compatible Analysis System   

This Spreadsheet has been created to allow branches to analyse scores entered by branch members for your pubs. It assumes some knowledge of Microsoft Excel. The Excel spreadsheet and instructions are contained within a Zip folder that should be downloaded and opened from your PC.

Brett Laniosh

Last updated on 12 January 2006 by Brett Laniosh.

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