Well, I have to say the citrus and the hot sauce make the drink- just beer and tomato juice on its own is gross.
I get the point of the drink- it's a beer Bloody Mary, light on alcohol with healthy juices- and I wouldn't mind having one from time to time. It's more of a typical morning drink than the tomato-less version, which to me seems lighter and more festive and tropical. A beach drink for days with and without sunshine.
Anyway, I'm sorry that you're probably stuck in an office while I'm home enjoying a Michelada. If it helps, I enjoy the other version better.