Sam Adams' Octoberfest poured a reddish copper color with a thumb width, off white head. The aroma is malty. The body is smooth, and neither thick nor thin. There is a lot of malt with a decent amount of sweetness. The finish is lacking anything that significantly distinguishes itself from the body. The malts dry out a bit and leave a barely noticeable dryness while faint traces of hops fade in and out.
Overall, this is a decent tasting beer wit nothing standing out. It starts out nice up front but falls off quite a bit. There needs to be something to balance out the big sweetness and malt if Octoberfest wants to be anything more then a mindless sessional to be drank while focusing on a football game.