CAMRA Aberdeen, Grampian and Northern Isles Branch

Promoting Real Ale in the North East of Scotland

Beer Scoring


The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS).

CAMRA operates a National Beer Scoring scheme. Details can be found via the WhatPub website. Instructions will shortly be added to this page to assist you in doing so. Note that only CAMRA members may score beers as you are required to log-in using your Membership Number.

What do the 0-5 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. 

Tasting Panels

In addition to NBSS, you can influence the beers which are shortlisted for national competitions by submitting Tasting Cards to the local Aberdeen Tasting Panel Coordinator (

The blank Tasting Card template can be downloaded below.

Or if you like the new fangled technology, tasting cards can be filled in online by going to WhatPub, login as a CAMRA member and under the section where you enter the NBSS beer scores there is a link to an electronic submission of a tasting card.