Not in what I perceive to be the style anyways. I have always associated festbier as maltsters showcase, not boozy.
this years is a 'festbier' (Style 4b) not a marzen (style 6a) like a lot of American Oktoberfest beers are.
I thought this years SN Oktoberfest was very well done in the festbier vein, lots of toasty and bready malt aroma but is a little thinner bodied and more pilsner like and thus more quaffable/sessionable than a richer marzen. In fact reviewing the 'festbier' style guidelines and it seems pretty spot on.
Not sure if you meant crystal malt or crystal hop, but there isn't any crystal malt listed on the ingredients and it sure doesn't taste or smell like it to me. if you can pick out the crystal hop, that's tough for me to discern amongst the other hops in there.
I did greatly prefer last years version, but I like this one a lot, and it is growing on me - definitely drinkable while working in the garage even if its still hot outside.