Search Beer Reviews

There are two ways to search for beer reviews on DING’S BEER BLOG


One way is to interrogate the database of 3093 beer reviews using the Database Search form below, adding as many or as few search criteria as you see fit.

A Database Search will return results from my reviews that existed on until May 2011, plus others that I recorded in different formats after May 2011, but that have now been incorporated into that same database. It will not return results from any Blog Based Reviews that have not yet been entered into the database. (The process of getting the all of the remaining Blog Based Reviews into the database is ongoing).


Another way to find reviews is to use the site’s regular, WordPress search function, below (same as the magnifying glass icon in the menu above).

It will return results for beers that have been reviewed on the site as blog posts since May 2011 (known as Blog Based Reviews), but have not yet been entered into the database, plus beers in the database. If you know the specific beer that you are looking for then you should use this search; if you are looking for a wider selection of beers (for example, all Altbiers with ABVs over 6% with a ‘z’ in their name), then use the form below for a Database Search.

A collection of all of the Blog Based Reviews alone can also be found in the Blog Topic Archive menu to the top right, as a sub-menu item. All Blog Based Reviews are in the process of being moved into the database.

Database Search


About Beer Review Scores

There are two scoring systems on DBB. The system used on any particular beer is dependent upon the review origin (above), i.e., whether the review is found in the database or as a Blog Based Review

Beers in the database are scored as per the old, scoring system that existed prior to 2011. At the time, beer were awarded a score of 1-5 (with 0.5 intervals available) for each of the following attributes;

Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouthfeel, and Overall

Those five scores contribute to the old BA Total score which was a weighted average according to these %s;

Appearance – 6%, Smell – 24%, Taste – 40%, Mouthfeel – 10%, Overall – 20%

Any beer that enters the database in the future will follow the same scoring system

Blog Based Reviews follow a different (but somewhat similar) scoring system to the database scores. The system is called “Ding Points”. The five attributes are;

Pour, Nose, Palate, Mouth and Global

Each is scored out of 100 (with 10 point intervals), which when taken together and weighted, give a final rating for the beer that I call the “Ding Points“.

Pour: How pleasing is the beer to the eye? Hue, including the appearance of the body, together with head (size and retention), lace, legs etc. 15% of ‘Ding Points’ final score

Nose: Does the aroma meet expectations? Can appropriate, distinct elements be detected? 15% of ‘Ding Points’ final score

Palate: Put simply, how does it taste? Great, good, indifferent, poor or just plain ‘yuk’. Are the requisite elements in the taste, what about the finish? 40% of ‘Ding Points’ final score

Mouth: How does the body of the beer, critically often in the form of the carbonation and viscosity, work in the mouth. 10% of ‘Ding Points’ final score

Global: What are the overall impressions of the beer? How moreish is it? A classic example of the style? Something that I would go back to? Something that I would recommend? How does the value for money stack up? Some (or all/others), will be considerations here. A catch-all category to add (or subtract) points. 20% of ‘Ding Points’ final score

Context of both Scoring Systems

It should be stressed that whilst the style of the beer is certainly kept in mind when rating, my reviews are certainly not an exercise in formally matching the attributes of a beer to any strict set of style guidelines. There is no specific consideration of BJCP style guidelines for example, for more than one reason.

Having said that, I do expect what it says on the label to have a fairly strong resemblance to what is in the bottle – that’s been a pet peeve of mine for years – and I feel it is a reasonable expectation. So while I am not judging beers against formal style parameters, beers that fall wildly outside what they claim to be, will likely perform badly in my ratings.