Deal, Dover & Sandwich

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

National Beer Scoring Scheme

Have you ever wondered how we select pubs for CAMRA's Good Beer Guide?


CAMRA's National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is a simple 'points out of 5' scoring system that allows its members to submit information about the quality of the real ale they have been drinking in a pub.

During the year CAMRA members will make hundreds of visits to local pubs and submit thousands of beer scores using CAMRA's National Beer Scoring System (NBSS).

How are the Scores Used?

We analyse these beer scores to rank the pubs in our branch according to the quality of their real ale.

The results of this analysis is used to:

  • Monitor the quality of real ale being served in our pubs.
  • Identify which pubs in our branch serve quality real ale.
  • Identify those pubs that will feature in the Good Beer Guide (GBG).
  • Select those pubs that will become a candidate in CAMRA's Pub of the Year competition.
  • Select those pubs that will be invited to join CAMRA's LocAle Accreditation Scheme.

What do the Scores Mean?

The system is based on a simple 'points out of 5' scoring system.

0 No real ale available
0.5 Undrinkable. Cask ale is so poor you have to take it back or can't finish it.
"Disgusting"; "Appalling"; "Revolting"; "Off"
1 Poor. Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.
"Unpleasant"; "Inferior"
1.5 "Indifferent"; "Second-rate"
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.
"Mediocre"; "Run of the mill"; "A little tired"
2.5 "Ordinary"; "Acceptable"; "Passable"
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.
"Quite good"; "Enjoyable"; "Nice"; "Decent"
3.5 "Good"; "Lovely"
4 Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition. You will not move to another pub.
"Very good"; "First-class"; "Great"
4.5 "Excellent"; "Superior"; "Outstanding"
5 Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.
"Nectar of the Gods"; "Perfect"; "Superlative"; "Stunning"

Useful Links

CAMRA's NBSS Overview
Local National Beer Scoring System Guide (.pdf)