To get you started, have a look at the intro video. In a nutshell, Beer Citizen was created to provide beer enthusiasts a platform to create detailed beer reviews without relying on overly-simplistic five-star ratings or long-winded written reviews. We do this by focusing on the data; that is, the traits a particular beer exhibits. The data entered by citizens like yourself is used to create an aggregate profile, letting you quickly see what the community thinks of a beer. You can add photos, as well your thoughts and tasting notes, and check-in at your local watering hole.
Signing up gives you the ability to post your own reviews and photos, follow the activity of beers, breweries and other citizens, and be a part of the community! Of course, you're free to look around without signing up, too.
You'll see the sign in page when you click the "Sign In" link at the top right of the page, or whenever you click something that requires you to be signed in (adding a review or a photo, for example). You can sign in with one of the available social networks by clicking the appropriate icon. Once you've signed-in with the service, you'll be prompted to fill in a few more details, and you're all set! You're welcome to create an account with just an email and password, as well. Just click the link below the email sign in form.
Indeed, and we hope you do! No matter how you've created your account, you can go to your account settings (available via the menu at the top right of the site when logged in), where you'll be able to link (or unlink) your social networks. You can then sign in to Beer Citizen with any of your linked accounts. Don't worry, we won't spam your feeds, timelines or circles.
After you've found the beer you want to review, simply click the "Review this beer" button.
When reviewing a beer, you'll be presented with four categories to populate with data. Select a category by clicking the appropriate "add trait" button, then choose from the suggested traits, or add your own. When you've added a trait, a slider will appear allowing you to adjust the amount you perceive that trait. You can add as many traits as you like, and the data can be adjusted or added to in subsequent reviews.
The Rating slider is where you can enter your overall impression - simply how much you like the beer. Higher numbers are better. Think of it as giving the beer a grade. Entering a Rating value is mandatory for entering a review
Last but not least, you can enter a brief tasting note, upload a photo, and check-in to a location (bar, restaurant, etc.). All of these items are optional, of course.
Sometimes you have something more to say about a beer than data attributes and a rating can express. Some closing thoughts, a little context to your tasting, or anything you'd like, really. Unlike the data, which you can update with each subsequent review, you can add a new tasting note every time you review a particular beer.
Following something will add it to your personal activity feed. You can then keep on top of what your friends are up to and what's happening with your favorite beers and breweries.
The wishlist is just what it sounds like... a way to keep track of beers you would like to try. When you see something that you're hoping to try, click the "Add to wishlist" button and you're set.
The cooler is basically a list of your favorites. You can keep track of beers you especially like, or use it as a way to keep track of beers you have. This way, people can see what you're really into, or which beers you have in your real-life cooler, fridge or cellar.
Pretty much whatever you'd like (preferably related to the beer or brewery in question). All we ask is that you own the image (or that the image is public domain). Please respect the copyright of brewers, advertisers, and your fellow citizens. We do reserve the right to remove obscene or inappropriate photos.
If you find a beer that's not in our database, you can add it from a few places. Start by searching for the brewery that produces the beer. If the brewery already exists, you can click the "Add beer" on the brewery's page. A new beer can also be added anywhere you see an "Add a beer" button. Before a beer can be added, though, the brewery that produces it must be in the system. See "How do I add a brewery?" below for tips on how to do that.
A beer can't be added unless the brewery that produces it is in our database. A brewery can be added from the Beers page (beercitizen.com/beers) by clicking the "Add a beer" button in the upper right corner of the page. A pop-up window will prompt you to search for the brewery in question. If no results are found, click on the "Add a new brewery" text link just below the search box. From here, you can enter the name of the brewery and relevant information.
Absolutely! Just make sure that when you add your brewery (which you have to do to add the beers, of course) that you tick the checkbox next to "Is this a home brewery?" on the form.
We now have apps available for Android and iOS. If you have another mobile operating system, you can access the Beer Citizen mobile website using your mobile browser. You can visit the Mobile page for more info.
We do provide the Beer Citizen Offline Edition, which is essentially a page you print out, and turn into a little book (instructions are on the page itself). You can then take this book to the pub and take notes to add to the site later.
This is a beta, and things may break. Please use the "Feedback" tab on the right edge of the page to report a bug, and we'll look into it as quickly as possible.
We've got a lot of features in the pipeline, but we'd love to hear your ideas! Please use the "Feedback" tab on the right edge of the page to make any suggestions you might have.
Features for requesting content updates are coming soon. For now, you can use the orange Feedback tab on the site, or email us at support (at) beercitizen.com