Thirsty Turtle Bright Lager is the first beer from the soon to be launched Bargara Brewing Company, and what a debut. The search for a proper drinkable and sessionable Australian lager is over. This is it.
The beer pours bright and clear with a golden yellow hue, forming a loose foamy head which soon settles down to a thin topping maintained by the continuing slight carbonation.
The smell is a mixture of lemon and summer meadows with neither the citrus or the flowery aromas taking hold but balancing perfectly to entice you to begin drinking. The mix of the European hops (Hallertau and Perle) come through without hitting you over the head, and leave the malty biscuit smell intact.
The taste is of slight bitterness that fills your mouth with flavour. The malt dominates at the beginning and continues through to the aftertaste where the delicate hop flavours appear producing a slight dry crisp finish that certainly leaves you wanting more.
This reminds me of the best of the German Lagers and coming in at an ABV of 4.5%, it is perfectly pitched for that afternoon drinking session by the beach and on through the evening.