@joet - this:
That’s the view you get when you click on the brewer and click to sort by the visible score. That’s bad. Display the raw average if you like - with ticks if you like - but it’s a bad idea to use it for anything. Because it’s not robust. Because it can be rorted (to use an Australianism).
Thanks to both @aww and joet for showing up in my grumpy thread.
A word about variance: it is definitely not the case that a good scoring system should produce low variance. There is no “true” score that the average is “discovering”: some beers are polarizing - and indeed a good way to look for beers you are likely to like but are (for you) under-rated is to look for those with a big spread of scores in styles you like (you can still do this using the old stats page for a beer). You used to be able to jump to the last page or two of scores to see why people didn’t like it too, but this ability has been removed.