What's your Average Beer Rating?

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,904) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Now that everyone has access to extended beer and place stats, what's your Average Beer Rating and are your surprised by it?

    Mine currently sits at 3.76. Pretty much where I thought it would be.

    Find yours by heading to your beer ratings.

  2. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,289) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    3.87. Not surprising to me either.
  3. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,546) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
    Moderator Society Trader

    3.96. A little higher than I'd prefer, but not entirely a surprise.

    I probably rated a little too high when I was newer to craft beer. On the flip side, I tend to simply not drink (or review) beer I don't think I will enjoy, which similarly skews more recent ratings high, as well.
  4. Bhubbard34

    Bhubbard34 Initiate (98) Mar 4, 2016 Pennsylvania

    Mine is 4.65, HOWEVER I typically only rate those in BAs top 100, as it’s a bucket list to have them all. Currently I think I’ve rated around 38. (Maybe 1 or 2 more for some locals that I think are exceptional) I certainly try prob close to 100 diff beers or more a year, but typically don’t rate them all. Maybe I should be, but I usually only take the time to rate those in top 100. Just an interesting FYI as to maybe why some peoples averages are much higher than others?
  5. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Aspirant (269) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    4.07 I may be too generous when reviewing...
  6. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,722) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    4.01, which seems about right for me.
  7. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,253) Jan 4, 2013 California

  8. Mister_Faucher

    Mister_Faucher Defender (620) Dec 3, 2014 Washington

    3.72, sounds about right. My bell curve is really steep between 3.5 and 4.
  9. rudzud

    rudzud Poo-Bah (6,829) Apr 28, 2010 Massachusetts
    Society Trader

    Makes sense as I try not to spend money on beer that looks/sounds terrible.
  10. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (7,533) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
    Society Trader


    I find I'm pretty much only drinking beers I know I like now, or those that are new to me and harder to obtain, which all tend to rate closer to 4 or higher more often than not.

    But early on, there were a lot of clunkers I put myself through. I wanted to get a good gauge of not just how much I enjoyed every style, but also get a good range of the good and not so good, of everything.


    Anyway, love the continuing evolution of our ratings and stats here! Keep it up!
  11. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (436) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    On untapped i'm a 4.11 (can I say that?) -- On BA 4.17. As others have said - I'm mostly only drinking beers I expect to like based on style /brewery etc. While I like the depth of reviews on BA - I find posting reviews and pics on the other site to be more user friendly.
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  12. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,289) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    By the way, the sort-by-style capability is something I've always wanted within my reviews. Thumbs up to that "new" feature. :+1:
  13. Rainintheface

    Rainintheface Crusader (784) Apr 30, 2007 Massachusetts

    3.89. No surprise. I think I tend to be a bit generous.
  14. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (2,751) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania

    3.9 for me, also a little higher than I prefer. I remember way back when I was over 4.0. I also rated much more generously when I first signed up.
  15. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (144) Jun 13, 2017 California

    Not that it isn't appreciated, but what was the motivation behind making these features available to everyone (along with previously "society only" forums)?

    3.81 by the way
  16. mnj21655

    mnj21655 Meyvn (1,387) Apr 26, 2006 Massachusetts
    Society Trader

    4 on the nose. I’m actually not too surprised as I tend to self select beers I’m more likely to enjoy.
  17. Junior

    Junior Defender (638) May 23, 2015 Michigan
    Society Trader

    4.02. A little higher than I expected. Not really a ticker but I do try to rate every beer. With certain styles (IPAs and Stouts) I will only buy if it from a brewery that I know and like, has been recommended by someone I trust, or is something that I actively search out.
  18. rodbeermunch

    rodbeermunch Poo-Bah (4,973) Sep 30, 2015 Nevada


    I'm the guy who is like, "oh man, this is terrible, you gotta try it."

    Let's go to the Strange Brew festival and see which is worse, the fish or kimchi beer. . .
  19. officerbill

    officerbill Devotee (428) Feb 9, 2019 New York

    3.88 for me, but looking further shows that 44% of my >4 ratings are Belgian styles and 24% are German styles, while 89% of <3.5 are poorly done versions of those styles
  20. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Crusader (777) May 14, 2013 New Jersey

    I don't think individual people's average beer rating makes much sense to report, because it would be wildly skewed by what beers those folks have had. What would be more interesting is how each person's average compares to everyone's average on those beers.

    For example, my average rating is 4.2 (yikes!), but just of my past 10 rated beers, 6 of my ratings were below the rAvg. A couple of weeks ago I rated 10 beers in a row below the rAvg. So it would be nice if BA would report the overall rAvg of the beers each person has rated.
  21. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,867) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    3.84, and seems right if my personal view that (4.0 = B+) holds. Now that we know this is our personal average I'm curious if this influences our future reviews.
  22. rudzud

    rudzud Poo-Bah (6,829) Apr 28, 2010 Massachusetts
    Society Trader

    That would be interesting, to see what one's rdev is on average. I have TONS of beers that I'm 0s on, but quite a few where I'm +/- 30%
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  23. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (5,376) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
    Society Trader


    Seems about right, although I'm inclined to think my average reviews are slowly declining over the years, at least for such things as NEIPAs and hazies, but perhaps across the board, too.
  24. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Disciple (364) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina

    4.05. Sounds about right to me.
  25. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (7,533) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
    Society Trader

    To keep going, it'd be even more interesting, to me, to see the entire community's amalgamated average rating.
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  26. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Crusader (777) May 14, 2013 New Jersey

    I keep a spreadsheet with all my ratings and the rAvg at the time I drank it, so the numbers are not reflective of current ratings. They also consider duplicate ratings, although not many.

    Across 885 ratings (since I started tracking in this manner), the rAvg at the time I drank it is 4.29. My average rating of those 885 entries is 4.34, so I'm quite close.
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  27. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,156) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    3.92 !

    I need more new beer to rate!
  28. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Meyvn (1,009) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    4.09 (Thanks BA :+1:)
    I'd guess that is trending upward, due to drinking better beers.Also, many of them were from growler fills, so they were very fresh.
    I'd be curious to see the #s year by year, it were possible to select start/finish dates. (As with my credit union .)
    If could go back in time , and review/rate my pre-BA beers, that # would be considerably lower.
    3.4-3.6-ish? Wanting to get a better hit/miss ratio is what led me to visit the WBAYDN? thread.
  29. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,867) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    If that feature was added, you also would likely want it by style. My rAvg is going to be influenced by styles I tend to like. Just giving me an overall deviation is nice, but it is missing context as I may rate over the mean on some styles, and under the mean on others.
  30. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,904) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    That's currently sitting at a 4.03, which is higher than I thought it would be.

    And the average rating across all active beers is 3.76.
  31. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,172) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    3.86, which seems right.

    More surprising to me is that I've only rated five beers 4.75 or above. That's a whopping 0.5% of my total reviews. For 4.50 and above it jumps to 29 beers, or 2.7%. Maybe I'm being too harsh on these poor brewers? :grin:
  32. KRug

    KRug Initiate (150) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts

    Based on my small amount of reviews/ratings (70), my average is 3.82. I’d imagine this won’t change all that much with time, maybe it’ll go up a bit
  33. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (5,246) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota

    3.87 with Imperial stout being my highest style at 4.12.
  34. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,904) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Society members are given a chance to check new features out first and provide feedback.
  35. OldBrewer

    OldBrewer Aspirant (289) Jan 13, 2016 Ontario (Canada)

    3.69. About what I expected. Would have been higher if I hadn't rated Coors and Bud Light :-)
  36. HoppingMadMonk

    HoppingMadMonk Meyvn (1,400) Mar 3, 2017 New Jersey

    3.87. I have given some horrible beer a better score than I probably should have. Being self employed I also feel bad giving a struggling brewery an awful review. for the most part i am pretty honest.
  37. rudzud

    rudzud Poo-Bah (6,829) Apr 28, 2010 Massachusetts
    Society Trader

    Now THAT'S the kind of meat and potatoes I like to see.

    Any idea what the amount of reviews vs ratings is?
  38. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,174) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio

    3.87 average for me and that's about right. I do my best to rate to style and have never given a single 5 ever
  39. Tucquan

    Tucquan Poo-Bah (3,030) Oct 11, 2007 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    3.92 for me too.
    Beers Rated / Reviewed:2,355 / 1,816
  40. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,984) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
    Society Trader

    Mine is 3.85. I was easier in the past I reckon.