National Beer Scoring System

Have you ever wondered how CAMRA members select pubs for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide?

The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is a 0-5 (0 = No cask ale available) 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

Log into the site using your CAMRA membership number and password. Once you have agreed to the terms and conditions and found a pub on the site, you can start scoring.

You can find out more here

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

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.

How do I delete or edit a submitted score?

Editing scores on will be coming soon, but in the meantime login to and use the 'Score' tab in the main navigation to edit your scores.

Edit Beer Scores

How is the information being collated?

Once you have submitted your scores online your Branch GBG Co-ordinators can see scores for their area by going to

For more information on the National Beer Scoring System, please email

The following tutorials explain how to use the spreadsheet. Each lasts less than seven minutes,

1 Downloading NBSS scores for your branch

How branch officers can download NBSS scores for their branch.

2 Importing NBSS data into Excel 

How to import the beer scores previously downloaded into the spreadsheet.

Using NBSS Scores

How the NBSS spreadsheet presents information for analysis.

4 Analysing NBSS data

How the NBSS spreadsheet can be used to analyse beer scores for Good Beer Guide short listing etc.

5 Importing pub data from WhatPub 

How pub data from WhatPub can be exported to populate the NBSS spreadsheet