I like to use the Untappd five star rating system. The system is pretty simple – zero stars for piss water beer and five stars for “Oh my God, where have you been” beer.  You get minimum of one quarter of a star.

It works pretty well, but I decided to add some functional characteristics to the list.  Think of it as “Untappd Plus.” These functional characteristics let people know that there are actual differences to the beer that is scored this way, rather than just being the result of a lot of stars. They are as follows:

  1. Four stars is a rating that tells people that this beer is really worth trying, as opposed to the three star beers. Three stars I liked, but four stars and above is something special.
  2. In addition to a four star “hey this is really worth your time,” I have also begun weighting the beer results.  The weighting system is simple. Rather than each step in the process being equivalent to a single added quarter star (this two and a quarter star is one sum higher than a two star), it is a product, which is a multiple higher than an additive. So a three star product is three stars higher product (rather than a sum) than a two and three quarter star. So as the products increase in their range is greater than the sum.
  3. So, what happens to a five star beer? The five star beers do not exist in my world.  Five star rating is for “perfect” beer. Rather than argue about it, five stars is a level that we can not achieve, it is the goal rather than the journey. Are there a few beers with five stars? Possibly (you will find a few in my ratings!) but I came up with this rule after I had given a few five star reviews. Rather than change them, I just plead ignorance and move on!

What is brewing with you?