RateBeer ratings can be a bit confusing! A users rating is created on a combination of scales whose total is 50 points. This is divided to create a five-point scale rating. Each beer then carries a weighted average of that 5-point scale rating. More information on how we weight averages is to the right in the side bar.
This weighted point average is different than RateBeer's consumer-friendly 100-point scale SCORE. A beer's score is based on its percentile ranking among all beers. Every beer also has a STYLE SCORE which is a beer's rank among its style peers.
Either of these scores can be viewed and printed out from the beer's information page which is available via search. Just search for any beer, click the name and look for the scores in the information section at the top of the page. Additionally, shelf tags can be printed for any score or percentile score. Just look for the colored 99 tags on a beer page
and click to print the tag. You will have the option to produce more than one at a time.
RateBeer has created a number of ways to assure that our ranking systems are among the best of their kind.
We use a weighted average (Bayesian) to calculate beer and brewer scores so that the validity of any average is increased (as the score tends toward the actual average) by the number of samples.
A rating may not count toward a total score for a number of reasons.
1) The rater has fewer than 10 ratings
A user must have more than 10 ratings before his or her ratings affect the real score of a beer or brewer.
2) The rating is obviously bogus
Obviously bogus ratings are deleted immediately and sometimes so are the user accounts of those who post them.
3) The rating was made by a brewer or brewer affiliate
Ratings by brewers or their affiliates of their own products is a strictly forbidden at RateBeer. The ratings and the accounts of those making the ratings are swiftly deleted and account renewal is forbidden for life. 'Blackballing' brewers for blatant misconduct in this regard may be considered in extreme cases.
RateBeer has been known to use extreme measures for ensuring the validity of our ratings --
including conducting IP address traces. If you suspect a 'troll' may be submitting harmful or abusive
ratings, please contact a site administrator immediately.
Additional methods for identifying and controlling for malicious conduct may be added at any time.
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