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16 French Beer Brands to Try

Bottles of Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc beer, golden pale lager produced in the UK by Heineken after being bought from Scottish & Newcastle

French beer is a delightful fusion of traditional brewing techniques and modern innovation. It offers a diverse range of flavors and styles, reflecting the rich cultural tapestry of France. Whether you’re a seasoned beer connoisseur or someone who simply enjoys a refreshing brew, French beer has something to offer. From crisp and light options to bold and complex varieties, there’s a taste for every palate to savor.

Kronenbourg 

Kronenbourg 
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Kronenbourg makes a classic wheat beer that’s known for its citrus twist. It’s light and smooth on the palate with a slightly sweet finish. I love the hint of citrus that makes this beer so refreshing and perfect for any occasion, especially since it’s hard to get bored.


Desperados

Desperados
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Desperados is a tequila-flavored beer, perfect for those who adore the spirit but don’t want the hangover. It offers a light yet spicy flavor that’s hard to ignore. I love this beer because of the unique combination of beer and tequila and the brand’s association with unique artists, designers, and musicians.


The Adelscott

The Adelscott
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The Adelscott’s amber-colored beer has a sweet and bitter aroma with whiskey notes. The beer is light and easy to drink, with a sweet, surprisingly mellow finish. I love that this beer has a light and pleasant taste that’s great for any season. Also, it has just the right amount of sweetness without being overly sugary.


Pelforth

Pelforth
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Although Heineken has bought out Pelforth beer, it’s maintained its classic French touches of fruity aromas and notes of almonds. I love pairing this light and flavorful beer with meals that include cheese or grilled meats.

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La Biere Des Sans Culottes

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La Biere Des Sans Culottes is known for its French blonde beers. It’s golden in color, light on the palate, and easy to drink. I love this beer for its subtle sweetness that makes it smooth and enjoyable, making it the perfect beer to drink on a hot summer day.


The Grimbergen

The Grimbergen
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The Grimbergen was originally a Belgian beer but has been produced in France since 1989, making it now seen as a French beer. There are nine different versions, but the blonde is my favorite, as it has a relatively strong ABV of 6.7% but still feels like enough to drink on a warm afternoon.


Britt Blanche

Britt Blanche
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Britte Blanche is a spirited, vibrant beer line from the well-balanced blonde to the slightly spicy white and beyond. My favorite is the Britte Blanche Ginger Session, a light, 4.2% ABV session-able beer with lots of aromas that keeps me wanting more. The ginger, pepper, and lemon flavors are perfect for spring and summer hangouts.


The Goudale

The Goudale
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The Goudale is an over 100-year-old brewery that creates highly fermented blonde beers with a slightly bitter, subtly savory taste that’s simply delightful to the tongue. I like drinking this beer because of its light and crisp flavor, which is perfect for warm summer days. It’s an ideal beer to enjoy with friends or on your own.


Biere Des Trois Monts

Biere Des Trois Monts
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3 Monts is a French beer with lots of character, and the brand has a range of different types of beer to choose from, including a triple, saison, and more. But the original is hard to beat, with its bright golden color, yeasty aroma, and thick, lasting foam. The original 3 Monts is a great choice if you just want to sip and savor one good beer for the evening.

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The Levrette

The Levrette
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The Levrette is a popular beer from the north of France, with its unique and delicious taste. This beer is a light amber color with a lightly sweet and fruity taste. I love the Levrette because it’s perfect for summertime drinking, offering just the right amount of refreshment. It also goes well with grilled food, making it ideal for barbecues.


Brasserie Dulion

Brasserie Dulion
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Brasserie Dulion is a brewery located in France, and they offer an array of beers from pale ales to dark stouts. My favorite is their blonde beer, which has a light golden color and a slightly sweet, citrusy taste, but I also appreciate their blonde IPA with its pronounced bitterness and barley composition.


La Debauche

La Debauche
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La Debauche is a newer French brewery making a name for itself due to its artsy can packaging. The unique can designs reel you in, but the diverse, daring flavors are where La Debauche shines. Notably, they have a beer called The Debauche Sacred Coeur V, with an astounding 27% ABV and notes of caramel, wine, fruit, wood, cinnamon, and cloves. If you’re feeling extra daring, I recommend giving this one a try! 


Choulette

Choulette
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Choulette makes delicious beers with fruity, malty flavors and a fine, inviting bitterness. I love drinking Choulette beers in the fall, as the flavors are balanced in a way that complements the balancing out of the seasons.


Jenlain Blonde

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Jenlain blonde is a classic French beer with a slight bitterness, and a light, sweet citrus flavor. It’s also slightly hoppy, giving it a nice finishing touch. It’s perfect for sipping and is also a highly enjoyable beer that many people appreciate, making it an ideal choice for parties and gatherings.

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Brasserie Licorne

Brasserie Licorne
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Brasserie Licorne is a well-known French brewery that’s been around since the 18th century. They offer many different options, but all are slightly sweet, making this beer a fantastic choice for late-night sipping, perhaps after a special date.


La Cagole

La Cagole
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La Cagole is one of my favorite French beers because of its honey notes. It’s very light and refreshing, without much bitterness making it enjoyable to those who want to avoid bitter tastes in their beer. Plus, it’s always served super cold, making it an ideal beverage for spring or summer.


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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

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