Apr 08 AT 12:56 AM Guest Blogger 10 Comments

Remembeer: Keep track of beers you’ve tried

Remembeer is an Android application aimed at helping the casual beer taster keep track of beers that he has tried. It recently came out of public beta, where it was known as Beer Log in the Market. The app is fairly simple, but so is the idea. Upon first launch, users are prompted to enter a beer they are currently drinking or have recently enjoyed. You are allowed to input the name, container, and the time at which you drank it.

Each beer that is added shows up in a simple list displaying the name, beverage container, and time along with a rating which can be set after the beer has been added to the app’s database. The app’s settings allow you to set up notifications which aim to remind you to rate each beer you enter, though these did not work consistently for me. I’ve emailed the devs and they are looking in to it. I seem to be the first person with this issue. Update: This was fixed in version 1.0.3.

Interestingly, the application also supports posting each new beer you drink to Twitter automatically, using a template that you specify. There is also a Statistics screen which tells you your favorite beer and most drunk beers, favorite time to drink, and number of beers tasted.

The developers have let me know that the project is open source and that the code is distributed under the MIT license. Development is coordinated on this page and the source can be obtained using git. The issue tracker also lists several possible coming features, including photographs of beers you try, locations, and recommendations to friends. This seems to be a young, active project which will probably develop nicely as the version number creeps up.

Final Verdict

If you need to keep track of your beer tasting in a simple, casual way this app could be for you. While there may still be a few kinks to iron out for the devs, the app is completely usable in it’s current form and is generally fun to use. Remembeer is currently in version 1.0.3.

Pros:

  • Simple interface
  • Interesting statistics
  • Twitter integration
  • CSV import/export via email or file
  • Responsive devs
  • Open source

Needs Improvement:

  • Rating system could be more robust (aroma, texture, etc, vs a simple 1-5 stars)
  • Notifications did not work properly on my VZW Droid Eris with Android 2.1 (Fixed)
  • History/Log screen does not group duplicate beers; no simple way to see an overview after extended use

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Note: This review was submitted by J. Adam Morris as part of our app review contest.

Source: Remembeer

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