BeerPic is a free iPhone app that allows you to check beer ratings by scanning the bottle. This awesome app by BeerPic Ltd. is great for any beer connoisseur who wants to know a bit more about their brew.
Whether you stick to a few favorites or you try a new beer whenever possible, BeerPic is an ideal app to have on hand. One of the things I really like about the app is that an account is optional; you can try it as a guest before committing with an account.
If you do choose to create an account in BeerPic, you can do so with your Facebook, Twitter, or email account. Once you’re logged in you can follow other users to receive updates on their reviews.
The coolest feature of BeerPic is the augmented reality display. Simply hold your phone in front of the beer you’re drinking and the app will attempt to automagically detect it and display relevant ratings right on your screen.
I headed to the nearest local brewery to give BeerPic a trial run and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it did pretty well. I did experience a little trouble with lighting and getting the correct angle, and sometimes BeerPic showed the wrong beer altogether.
I do want to mention that, if the augmented reality feature fails or if you don’t have a bottle on hand, you can always search for the beer manually.
BeerPic aggregates data from RateBeer, meaning you have access to a massive database that’s likely to include even the smallest of brewers. This is awesome news for brew junkies all around the world.
According to the developer, “In just a few clicks, customers staring at a store shelf packed with beer can quickly decipher which beers they want to buy. It’s like having a beer connoisseur friend in one’s pocket all the time.”
When it comes to value, you certainly can’t beat the price of free. The app doesn’t charge users a dime and doesn’t include in-app purchases (that I could find).
Overall, BeerPic is a great app to try if you have an interest in discovering new beers and socializing with other users. Your mileage may vary when it comes to the augmented reality feature, but if it fails you can always use the manual search feature.
BeerPic – Beer Pic Augmented Reality Rating – Powered by RateBeer requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
A small administrative fee was paid by the developer for publication of this review, which did not influence the reviewer’s opinion