Yesterday I came across an interesting article, which I would like to share. The research made by the writer on UT can be easily translated for RB.
I’ve noticed that most Europeans will not be as “generous” in rating a beer than most Americans. By this I mean on a 5 point scale you will not see too many Europeans giving a beer a 4.0+ rating when compared to Americans. In general a beer with a 4.0+ rating is on the “exceptional end” especially when you are rated 4.1+.
Some have suggested that the European educational system is more stringent in giving “top scores” so culturally Europeans are raised to be more critical in giving out ratings and thus not as generous than the average American. Also, culturally, nothing is deemed “perfect” by society so the top score or ranking is rarely given.
As I do not have access to Untappd’s raw data, I am taking an educated guess is postulating that breweries with a mainly European ratings base would probably have about 0.3 to 0.4 higher ratings than what their current rating reflects. For example, if a Dutch brewery has a 3.6 rating and adjusting for this bias they would really be a 3.9 to 4.0 from a US perspective. Conversely, for US breweries if reviewed from a European perspective, you would deduct 0.3 to 0.4, so a US brewery that is a 3.8 would be 3.4 to 3.5 on an European scale.
Here only 8 out of 50 top beers are from Europe, four of them being lambic/gueuze.
Do really only Stormarktporter, Westly XII, Rochefort 10 and Stille Nacht deserve this high recognition on RB? Is Orval only worth a 3.99? Witzgall Landbier only 3.84? St.Peter’s Cream Stout a 3.62 only?