National Beer Scoring System


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:

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"

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