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Charles Bamforth
Professor in the Food Science & Technology department
at University of California Davis, Davis, CA
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Overall Quality
4.5
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.4
Clarity
4.5
Easiness
3.8
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11/08/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
FST03 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Hilarious" "Get ready to read"

It's an interesting class if you want to brew beer. If not, there are many other GE's that you could do instead. IT IS NOT AN EASY A. Bamforth is hilarious though, and everyone shows up to his lectures because he is so intriguing. The tests are tough though.

06/13/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
FST 3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B-

Very entertaining lectures. Somehow we take way too many notes. Indeed, the the final was swimmingly difficult but definitely pass the class.

03/29/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
FST3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

AMAZING CLASS. I appreciate beer so much more now! Yes, it is harder than I thought, and more work than expected but it was so worth it. Just read and go to class and you'll do great! Charlie is amazing, best class I've taken at UC Davis so far.

03/27/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Really interesting professor! Very entertaining but he presented the material really briefly and quickly. Must attend class bc he posts readings and questions. Tests are actually kind of difficult

03/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FST 3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Outstanding professor and class. Exams are more difficult than one would expect, but if you attend lecture (which is never boring) and do the reading, you'll do fine.

12/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
FST 003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great professor, great lectures, tests are way harder than you might expect, but most of the answers are in the book.

12/04/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
FST3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Class is fun but tests are difficult. Not a walk in the park like I thought it would be. Always attend lectures too since they will be on the test

05/22/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FST 3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is a great professor and beautiful man. Definitely take the class.

03/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
FS 3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Take this class! Do reading assignments, listen and show up to lecture. Be mindful the 2nd midterm and final were twice as hard as the 1st midterm. So don't slack off after the fist A. Always drink in moderation...

02/28/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
fst 003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

As mentioned in the earlier reviews, this class is extremely entertaining but the exams are extremely specific and deceptively difficult.

01/12/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
FST3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very knowledgable guy. He is very passionate in beer and teaching. You don't want to miss any of his lecture, because you will miss all the fun.

03/30/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
FST003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Class was an informative stand up comedy routine. You won't want to miss class due to the mere entertainment value of Bamforth's lectures. Midterms and final were deceptively hard for being 3 answer multiple choice, but overall an easy class.

03/17/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
FST3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is Charles Bamforth - if someone does not like him as a professor, they have issues. He is funny, clear, engaging, British, and talks about nothing but beer, what else can you ask for? Also he tells you all the questions for the tests, and they are 3 option scantron exams, really? Way to great of a professor to pass up!!!

02/15/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FST003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hilarious teacher! He's super passionate about the subject which really makes the course interesting, and it's not very hard either. There are some random things to memorize, but not anything ridiculous. The "reading questions" always end up on the exams. Highly recommend, even if you don't need it.

01/01/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FST003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Definitely a class to take at UC Davis. Questions posted at the end of lecture are always on the exams. Make sure to know little details as well as the general ideas/stages of brewing. Exams could be a bit tricky but good class overall. Bamforth is great! Lectures are enjoyable and entertaining.

03/21/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
FST003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

One of the funnest classes here at UC Davis. Lectures are fun and rarely boring thanks to his dry humor. You get to meet some important people in the beer industry and really get to appreciate beer. He loves to pick on his students and some questions are pulled out of the book (I was fine without it). Do not fall asleep and have a beer.

03/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FST3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great class. Bamforth is a really good teacher and s very entertaining

03/31/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
FST03 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This is one of the easiest classes at Davis! Charles is one of the funniest teachers too! He makes fun of students/his wife/beer...it's hilarious! An 88 is an A- so pretty generous grading scale. You learn a lot about beer. Midterms are very easy. Buy the book because the questions he asks at the end of lecture that are from the book are on exams.

03/24/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
FST3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I was nervous that I wouldnt get an A after getting a B on the 1st midterm. I studied a lot more for the second test and then then the final is straight off of the review sheet. Advice: read over the notes before every test, GO TO CLASS, and you'll be fine. Final is much easier than midterms if you read over everything once and memorize the review

04/15/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
FST3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

one of the easiest classes at UC Davis! 2 midterms about 25 questions each and 1 final with 50 questions. no need to buy or read the book---WASTE of MONEY!!!!!!! even though the Professor wrote it, there isn't much in there that is needed for the tests. just attend class regularly and study beforehand and you will do well on the tests.

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