I have been drinking the SN Octoberfest for about a month or so now. I think it is pretty good, but everyone's palate is different. I forgot who mentioned it on this forum but the gist of it was that German versions are made to be poundable by the liter, and this one fits the bill. I had a 12er of the Sam Adams Octoberfest (my normal go to O'fest) this year and thought it was a bit too dry and not balanced enough. A friend of mine in AZ told me that I probably had the first batch and that second was spot on. I'll have to take his word on it as I didn't get another 12 pack pack because I liked the SN better.
BTW, we were in Asheville last week and visited Twin Leaf Brewery (among others). They had an O'fest on tap, Arkenstone Oktoberfest, that was pretty incredible. It was malty with enough hops to balance. Think it was one of the best I have ever had.