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Discover The Best 12 Unknown French Beer Brands

Discover The Best 12 Unknown French Beer Brands
French Beer Brands

What are the most famous French beers?

Many people ask, “Do the French drink beer?”. The answer is oui! This page will introduce you to the top-12 most famous French beer brands you can try on your next trip to France. You’ll also learn learn the pronunciation for bière (beer) and all the brands. Keep reading!

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12 Most popular French beer brands

Without any further ado, here is the list of the most 12 most popular French beer brands.

1. Kronenbourg 1664

Kronenbourg 1664 is without a doubt the most famous French beer and it’s easy to find almost everywhere. It was founded back in 1664 in Alsace but didn’t change to its current name until 1947.

The beer has led many revolutions in the industry over the years in France, introducing the individual bottle and beer packs.

Kronenbourg 1664

Kronenbourg 1664 Beer
Marcelo Costa, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

2. Pelforth

In 1921, Pelforth was created in Lille. It has since been bought out by the Heineken brand, but the distinctive Pelican logo is still present. The Pelforth Blonde has a clear and bold yellow color, thanks to its three-grain brewing process.


Pelforth Beer
LeeKeoma, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

3. Desperados

You may be surprised to learn this is one of the most popular French beers, which was born in Alsace in 1995. It is aimed at a younger market and is known for its distinctive tequila aroma.


Desperados Beer
Stefan Flöper / Wikimedia Commons

4. Adelscott

Another beer from Alsace is the Adelscott, which is now produced by Heineken France. It is an amber beer with whisky malt aromas, but it no longer contains whisky malt as it did in the past.


Adelscott Beer
LeeKeoma, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

5. Page 24

The local supply of hops that’s used for Page 24 creates its unique taste and aroma. It’s a refreshing and fruity beer which has scants of honey and cereal.

Page 24

Page 24 Beer
Liondartois, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

6. Grimbergen

This beer was originally produced in Belgium, but has been made in France since 1989. It became extremely popular in the 2000s due to the many TV commercials advertising the brand.


Grimbergen Beer
LeeKeoma, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

7. Jenlain

Since 1922, Jenlain has been brewed in France at a family brewery. This craft beer has a very unique taste, thanks to the Jenlain yeast that’s added to the ingredients.


Jenlain Beer
Marcelo Costa, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

8. 3 Monts

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, 3 Monts is a local and family-owned business. Their blond beer is highly fermented, with an alcohol content of a whopping 8.5%.

3 Monts

3 Monts Beer
(c) 2006 Zubro, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

9. Goudale

Another brewery that’s been around for over 100 years is Goudale, which is known for its excellent quality. The Goudale beer brand was launched in 1994, and it’s gone from strength to strength over the past two decades.


La Goudale Beer
Ras, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

10. Pietra

Pietra beer was created in Corsica, making it the first brewery to open here. It helped to transform the image of beer in Corsica, which is primarily known for its wines and spirits.


Pietra Beer
Thesupermat, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

11. Britt Blanche

Britt Blanche is a Witbier beer that’s brewed in Trégunc, France. It’s now sold around the world and is highly rated as a wheat beer.

12. Choulette

The high alcohol content of the Choulette Blonde makes it one of the top French beers. Coming in at 7.5%, it is a popular French craft beer with plenty of foam and a fruity and malt smell.

Relax tonight with any of these French beers, which appeal to everyone’s tastes and preferences. We highly recommend trying all of these options over the upcoming months, as you’ll no doubt find a new drink to enjoy in your local bar on a night out.

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Dan Forsythe

A politics and history graduate with a technical writing background and based in France, Dan writes amazing articles for all things French. An insatiable traveler, Dan has crisscrossed France, Europe, and beyond. When he’s not hiking or falling down historical rabbit holes, Dan sips tea and writes technical pieces or blog posts about travel, history, and life in his adopted home.

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