Posts tagged review
Posts tagged review
Congrats to our new Citizen of the Month for April, G! Be sure to give him a follow. While we usually give the CotM a free Beer Citizen t-shirt, he already bought his in the Beer Citizen Shop. Therefore, we’re sending him an upgrade - a handmade bottle tote! Keep all those great reviews coming in, and you could be the next citizen of the month. Or, you could support Beer Citizen and look good doin’ it, by getting your t-shirt right here.
It’s a new month, and with that comes a new Citizen of the Month! This March, we say thanks to Sombrero11, who’s earned the title with his exemplary review data, photographs, and additions to our beer database. Follow his example, and you too might have what it takes} to become a CotM. For all his efforts, he’s earned a free Beer Citizen t-shirt, just like the one you can buy for yourself right here.
Top rated beers, and new ways to browse!
Citizens have been asking for this feature, and now it’s here. You can now check out the list of the top 20 rated beers on Beer Citizen. Ratings are calculated using the average (mean) of each citizen’s most recent overall rating value. Each beer must have at least three unique ratings to be eligible. Don’t see your favorite in the list? Don’t agree with one you do see? Well, make sure to review the beer, as every vote counts.
To take further advantage of this new feature, we’ve revised the browse beers page on the site and the mobile apps to include a quick view of the top beers. On the site, this includes a new interface to more easily browse and discover great beers. As always, you can still access the full list of all the beers.
We hope you enjoy the new features… as always, we’d love to hear your feedback. We’ve got more great things on the way, so stay tuned!
Beer Citizen for iOS is now available!
It’s finally here! Starting today, you can download the Beer Citizen app for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Did we mention it’s free?Download it today!
The app shares a similar user interface with our recently announced mobile web version. You can read more about how the interface works in that announcement. The best new feature the app brings is that you can now upload photos!
Don’t have an iOS device? The Android app is coming soon, and in the meantime you can access beercitizen.com with your mobile device’s browser to use the mobile web app. As always, we look forward to hearing your questions and feedback!
The mobile web version of Beer Citizen is here! You can now take Beer Citizen with you to the pub! You can review, research, and share beers from the comfort of your barstool. All the essential features of the desktop site have been refined into a smartphone-friendly web app. It’s brand new, so we look forward to hearing your questions and feedback!
The home screen lets you search and browse for beers, access and edit your profile, or quickly access recent activity.
When browsing beers, you can view beers that have recently been reviewed, find a beer by style or country of origin, search for beers and breweries, or view the entire beer database. If you don’t find the beer you’re looking for, you can start the process of adding one from this screen.
When you get to a beer’s profile, you can quickly see the community’s rating and aggregated trait data. You can also view the beer’s description and vital statistics, reviews, activity and followers. Most importantly, this is where you can add (or update) your review.
When reviewing a beer, you can jump between the four trait categories, enter any number of traits and use the sliders to adjust the intensity of each. Add your overall rating, any tasting notes you’d like, check in at a location if you’re so inclined, and you’re done! Mobile photo uploads will be available soon in the native apps for iOS and Android (coming soon!).
By all means, let us know if you spot any issues, or think of any ways we can make the process of reviewing, finding, or adding beers any easier. Our goal is to make this as simple as we can, while still providing you with a powerful tool to review, discover, and share great beers.
Head on over to beercitizen.com on your smartphone now to get started! Cheers!
New Rating System
It’s been a fascinating experience listening to user feedback on our beta release. One aspect we’ve heard about frequently is the rating system, or “overall opinion.” Initially, our goal was to keep it simple and present three basic rating options (like, dislike & indifferent), but many users have voiced an interest in greater granularity; so, we’ve changed the system. We’ve replaced the previous system with a dedicated rating slider to give users more control in expressing their opinion of a beer.
A few notes about this change:
We hope that those of you who have entered reviews will update them with a rating value. We’re sorry to see the like/dislike opinions go, but such is the nature of being in beta, and we’re happy we’re making this change early.
As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback on the new rating system. Cheers!
How Beer Citizen Uses Data
It’s a question we’re asked often, and one we started with ourselves: what makes Beer Citizen different from other beer review apps? The short answer, as you may have surmised, is data. We created Beer Citizen as a new way to review beer by entering experiential data, and a new way to discover beers by leveraging that data.
Other review sites (even outside of the beer world) typically rely on written reviews or simple 5-star ratings. Written reviews are inherently subjective. By the time a beer has dozens, perhaps hundreds or even thousands of reviews, how many do you have to read to get an understanding of what the beer is actually like? Other sites tend to use an overall rating as the main point of interest. While it tells you how much a community likes a beer, it doesn’t show you - at a glance - what you’ll experience in a beer.
Beer Citizen solves this problem by focusing on the data of the experience. By simply identifying perceived traits of a beer, and then quantifying the intensity of each, a review becomes much more useful, and more suited to explaining what a beer is like. As more people enter data for a given beer, each review factors into a beer’s overall profile. In one glance, you can see what the community as a whole thinks a beer looks, smells, tastes, and feels like. You can, of course, still enter written tasting notes (and more) with your review, but it’s the data that we believe will make Beer Citizen your go-to beer reference.
Beer Citizen is currently in beta while we collect data (from people like you) and refine the system. As we get closer to a critical mass of review data, we’ll be introducing a ton of fun and useful tools. Ideas on the horizon include:
These are just a few things we have on the roadmap, but we can’t do it without data. So grab a beer, enter a review, and help beer enthusiasts everywhere find a better beer. Let’s drink!